Salvador Dali

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Salvador Dali was a very eccentric and obsessive artist; he was inspired and influenced by many people and things. Some of which were quite bizarre. Earlier on in his life he studied at the Madrid academy. This is where he perfected his technique based on the 17th century Dutch still-life masters and the 19th century French and Spanish genre painters. During this time he experimented with Cubism, even though he probably didn’t completely understand the movement. Dali also experimented with Dada, which influenced his work throughout his life. Dali met Luis Bunuel at the Madrid academy. At this time Dali had painted a portrait of Luis. The painting is a typical style of that time. It is shades of grey. This was when Dali had not yet decided on a style of work. Luis had an interest in surrealism which caused Dali’s curiosity in surrealism. Following this period he was influenced by the abstract art of Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. Dali did a number of works heavily influenced by Picasso and Miro over the next few years as he developed his own style. He had a strong interest in the works of Giorgio Di Chirico and Carlo Carra. Their works were especially concerned with the power of symbols that were based on dream imagery according to Freudian psychology. Dali truly believed and was inspired by the theories of Freud. Sigmund Freud had a theory that out sexuality starts from a young age and it then develops as we attach ourselves to other people. He liked Freud’s sexual representation and involved this into his artwork. In 1929 Dali moved to Paris and officially became a surrealist. This is when he moved on from his previous beliefs and theories, and his art became based on everyday objects in bizarre combinations and settings. He officially joined the surrealist group in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris. Also in 1929 he would meet his future wife Gala, who was his muse and his biggest influence. Dali’s had an obsession with Hitler and this angered the Surrealists....
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