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Salvador Dalí (Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Pubol) was born May 11th 1904 in Spain. He is not your normal artist, and both in career and personal life was known to be highly eccentric. This behavior showed most in Salvador Dalí paintings which was always something special, even when it was a minor drawing. Because he had such a huge personality, Dali was big across several movements, including Renaissance. Film, sculpture, oil painting, and even photography were all his stomping grounds when it came to creativity. A celebrity in every sense of the word, Salvador Dalí was such a showman that he would have been famous in any era. Gala Dalí was both his agent, muse and wife for many years until her death. Having just as huge a personality as Dali, Gala had the personal life of legends, challenging even the greats like Marilyn Monroe. She was the sole inspiration and model for Salvador Dali artworks such as Elephant, animals, clocks, ‘The Madonna of Port Lligat’, ‘Imperial Monument to the Child-Woman’, ‘Galatea of the Spheres’, ‘The Ecumenical Council’ and many others. Dali was a one of a kind painter that had the talent to match his very out of this world works of art.
Salvador Dalí Information & Gala DaliDali is the epitome of creativity, a surrealist painter that didn’t just limit himself to a canvas. Considered by many to be the stereotypical eccentric painter, concentrating on his public behavior rather than his art would be a great disservice. Serving as the inspiration for many writers and artists, Gala Dali was introduced into his life during 1929 when she was still married to fellow painter Paul Éluard. After the souring of their marriage, it was soon after that Salvador and Gala became an item, much to the dismay of Salvador’s father. It ended with Salvador’s father disinheriting him and throwing him from their home, due to a shift in each other’s morals. They spent some time apart and Salvador grew closer to Gala, and eventually Dali and his father made up as he saw the same love for Gala that his son did. In 1934, the two finally married unofficially and remarried officially in a Catholic ceremony in 1958.
Gala became much more than Salvador’s soulmate and muse at this point, and even became successful as his business manager. Gala was indeed one of the strongest women of her time, and was secure with her role in the relationship despite Salvador’s infidelity with younger muses. But the way Salvador continued to paint his wife was completely different than the other women, and the difference in love can be seen with Salvador Dali paintings. In a relationship that lasted over 50 years, it became quite famous as the plot of an opera titled Jo, Dali. Gala doesn’t get enough recognition for her role in Salvador’s life, as a strong woman and as an inspiration to his art.
Analysis of Dali PaintingsNot afraid of taking any chances Salvador Dali has an impressive list of diverse work. ‘Design for Set Curtain for Labyrinth’ is a frightening oil painting that does not shy away from details. Using dark colors and an unforgettable setting, it looks like the entrance to a haunted house at an expensive amusement park. This Dali oil painting holds up well in the present day, even though it was made in 1941. Having a very Tim Burtonesque feel to it, it’s no surprise that many have incorporated the idea of this painting Dali into other media.
Not one to shy away from religion, he created a series of religious Salvador Dali works that are hard to forget. ‘Antequam exhires de vulva sactificavite’ is from Jerimiah 1:5 with figures in the canvas art that can be interpreted in multiple ways. From the pointed eyes in the background to the wings that could very well be the eyes, it is a riddle within a riddle. Famous modern contemporary oil painters are salvador dali, pablo picasso, henri matisse, marc chagall, andy warhol, jack vettriano, tamara de lempicka, edward hopper, diego rivera and frida kahlo, roy lichtenstein, norman rockwell, joan miro. ‘Assuerus Falls in Love with Esther’ from Esther 2:17 took 3 years to finish but is very much the best work of religious artwork using a lot of imagination he created an image that may very well haunt the dreams of those who witness it in person. Combining the faces of an older man and a younger woman, it is the perfect mashup and a proper summary of the passage it was created from. The most colorful of the series comes from ‘Vanitas vanitatum’ which is from Ecclesiastes 1:12f. The man in the Salvador Dali oil painting reproduction is very much a king, so it is appropriately painted with the various emotional turmoil associated with kings of that time. These were all from the Biblia Sacra series, one of the greatest paintings for sale of all time.
One of Dali famous paintings that went largely unappreciated was ‘The Seven Arts’, heavily influenced by the Japonism movement. As the movement also influenced popular artists like Van Gogh, seeing as how this was the only creation of Dali within this realm makes it a rare treat. Even with his many out of this world creations, this one stands on its own and is truly one of a kind.
But Dali wasn’t just about being different and shock value, and that can be seen with his paintings in the Realism movement. ‘Figure at a Window’ is a touching and beautiful painting Dali completely different than his other works. The normalcy doesn’t hide the fact that Dali had impeccable technique. The lady standing looking outside of the window has a great view, and when looking at the Salvador Dali animals painting it almost feels as though you are looking through the window with her. His best work with Realism however stops and starts with the firmly named ‘My Wife, Nude, Contemplating Her Own Flesh Becoming Stairs, Three Vertebrae of a Column, Sky and Architecture’. This 1945 masterpiece would later on become the subject of many studies, as the back of the lady in the Salvador Dali artwork was not only beautiful, but literally a work of art.