Dali, Salvador Dali, Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain

Dali, Salvador Dali

Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain

Salvador Dali

The artist Salvador Dali was born in the town of Figueras (Catalonia) on the 11th of May 1904. He enjoyed a relatively privileged childhood as the son of a successful notary, living with his family in the small coastal village of Cadaques. It was Dali's mother that encouraged his drawing & he attended the municipal drawing school where he received his first formal art tuition. He soon developed a passion for painting & moved to Madrid where he attended the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts. However he never officially graduated as he was thrown out before his final exams for making a statement to the effect that no-one at the academy was competent enough to examine him.

It was not until his mid-twenties that Dali discovered surrealism. He soon moved to Paris where (through mutual acquaintance Joan Miro) he in came into contact with Pablo Picasso, an older & more established artist who Dali looked up to. Both Picasso & Miro became a clear influence in the young artists work in the years that immediately followed. It was in Paris that he met Gala Eluard, who was to become his lifetime companion & muse, though then married to another man. Dali soon developed his own very original style, which was both highly praised & much debated. In fact as soon as 1931 he painted the Persistence of Memory, which is today one of the most widely recognised surrealist works.

As war broke out in Europe Dali moved to the United States, specifically to Del Monte, California. There he continued to produce world class works & was awarded a large exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1941. After spending eight years away from Spain Dali moved back to Catalonia, a decision which was subsequently much criticized due to the fact that Spain was still governed by an enduring fascist state led by Franco.

In his later years Dali continued to paint, though his works were less lauded than their predecessors. He also turned his hand to other projects such as sculpture, holography, & his largest project; the Teatre-Museo Gala Salvador Dali in Figueras. Perhaps the most bizarre undertaking for an artist of his esteem & calibre was to design the Chupa Chups (lollipop) logo in 1969.

In 1982 Dali's wife Gala died & his health also began to fail. He  moved to the castle which he had bought for her in Pubol for a brief period before spending the rest of his days living near his Teatre-Museo in Figueras. Salvador Dali died on January the 23rd 1989, he was buried in the crypt of the Teatro-Museo.

For more detailed information on museums featuring works by the artist in the Catalonia area please see the Salvador Dali Art document.


Salvador Dali Foundation contact details

Telephone     +34 972 677500


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