Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí Domènech Marquis of Pubol popularly known as Salvador Dali has been one of the most popular and acclaimed artists of the 20th century. Born in Spain, he quickly transcended borders through his art and distinguished strokes.
His paintings such as the Persistency of Memory have been popular among people of all ages. Surrealism has been exhibited through many of his paintings, Persistence of Memory being the perfect epitome of Surrealism. Dali also soon became the leader of the Surrealist Movement and exhibited his works in various Surrealist exhibitions across the globe.
Dali – The Master of Surrealism
Dali was also an expert sculptures and many of his sculpting works are famous till this day. He was also considered an expert draftsman with the kind of bizarre yet captivating drawings and paintings he made. He was also known for his grandiose and this was seen in his works as well. Just like Surrealism, symbolism was another aspect which was extensively employed in his works. For instance, clocks which were drawn in the Persistence of Memory symbolized Einstein’s theory which proposed that time is a relative component. Similarly elephants and eggs were frequent characters he used in his paintings.
Due to his interest in films, he worked with various great filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and contributed in the making of the films in more ways than one. Many surrealist films such as Un chien andalou (1929) and L’Age d’or (1930) had significant contributions by Dali.
The distinguishing factor of his paintings was the flamboyant style and by this he carved a niche for himself in the art world. Speaking of flamboyance, this was something one could experience this aspect in his several volumes of autobiography too. Dali used paintings as a medium to express himself and for establishing an iconic status for himself and indeed succeeded tremendously in this feat. “Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dali”, he is quoted to have said. Well, that was who he indeed was, a supreme artist.