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Salvador Dal� - Spanish Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Salvador Dal� (1904 - 1989)

Born in Catalonia, Spain, Salvador Dali studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, before being expelled for bad behavior. He was slightly influenced by the Futurist and Cubist movements, but found deeper appreciation for the introspective works of De Chirico. In 1929, Dali joined the Surrealists, but was kicked out of the group in 1939, after multiple arguments with Breton. After this split, Dali began producing his famous dream-like images. As a result, he acquired a large public following in the United States. Dalí was highly imaginative, and also had an affinity for partaking in unusual and grandiose behavior, in order to draw attention to himself. This sometimes irked those who loved his art as much as it annoyed his critics, since his eccentric manner sometimes drew more public attention than his artwork. Dalí employed extensive symbolism in his work. For instance, the hallmark "soft watches" that first appear in The Persistence of Memory suggest Einstein's theory that time is relative and not fixed. The egg is another common Dalíesque image. He connects the egg to the prenatal and intrauterine, thus using it to symbolize hope and love.

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