Salvadore Dali was born May 11,1904, in Figueres, Spain. He began producing sophisticated drawings at an early age and both of his parents supported his artistic talents. In 1922 he went on to study at Academia de San Fernando, an academy in Madrid. Dali went to Paris in the 1920’s and began associating with Picasso, Magritte and Miro, which influenced his first Surrealist phase.
In 1922, Dalí enrolled in Academia de San Fernando in Madrid, Spain, and stayed at the student residence. In 1926, he was expelled shortly before his final exam. Salvadore Dali studied classical painters like Raphael, Bronzino, and Valzquez. He also participated in the most avant-garde art movements such as Dada. Between 1926 and 1929, Dalí made several trips to Paris, and met with influential painters including Pablo Picasso. He also met Joan Miro, the Spanish painter and sculptor who, along with poet Paul Eluard and painter Rene Magritte, introduced Dalí to Surrealism. By this time, Dalí was working with Impressionism, Futurism, and Cubism. Dalí's paintings became associated with three general themes: depicting a measure of man's universe and his sensations; use of collage; and objects charged with sexual symbolism, and ideographic imagery. All this experimentation led to Dalí's first Surrealistic period in 1929.Dalí was a reader of Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theories. Dalí's major contribution to the Surrealist Movement was what he called the "paranoiac-critical method," a mental exercise of accessing the subconscious to enhance creativity.
In 1929, Salvador Dalí expanded his artistic exploration into the world of film-making when he collaborated with Luis Bunuel on two films, An Andalusian Dog, and in 1930, The Golden Age. Dalí's art appeared years later in another film, the 1945 Alfred Hitchcock movie Spellbound.
By 1930, Salvador Dalí had become a notorious figure in the Surrealist movement. One of Dalí's most...
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