Discovering impressionist painting as a young teenager, Salvador Dali produces his first works influenced by the movement until his studies in Madrid at the Academy of Fine Arts from 1922 where he develops a dandy-like style and imprints his art with cubist notes that attract the attention of his fellow colleagues such as Luis Bunuel or Federico Garcia Lorca. Soon the Spanish painter develops his unique painting that combines classical inspiration and contemporary aesthetic principles alongside psychoanalytical questionings and his sexual obsessions. At the end of the 1920s, Salvador Dali's career is launched thanks to the film, Un Chien Andalou he creates with Luis Bunuel before joining the Surrealist group within which he meets Gala, Paul Eluard's wife who would become his muse and own wife. Becoming ‘Mr Surrealism’ to an international public, Salvador Dali spends time with Hollywood stars and New York’s high society while he completely absorbs popular culture – collaborating with the Marx Brothers, Walt Disney and Alfred Hitchcock. A major modern artist, the painter was nonetheless often criticized for disturbing the boarders between art and consumption and clearly preceded Andy Warhol in the cult of the superstar artist.