Salvador Dali is the father of surrealism in art history. Born in Figueres, Spain in 1904 as the son of a wealthy notary, Salvador Dali dedicated his life to art. He studied at the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, and gained recognition for his work for the first time in 1925, at his first one-man show in Barcelona. The following year he held a one-man show in Paris, and joined the surrealist movement. Soon after, he became the leader of the movement.
Dali’s art has become a synonym for surrealism. But how exactly is surrealism defined? It’s the art of writing or painting unpredictable works of art, using images/ words from an imaginary world, from the subconscious. Using dreamlike images, Dali managed to create impressive works of art that intrigue the viewers with a pressing question: how did he think of all this?
He was fascinated with the images that appear in our minds when we’re on the verge of falling asleep or waking up. So he developed a creativity technique in which he would recreate that state of mind and produce some of the most amazing ideas.
Dali would place a tin plate on the floor, then sit on a chair beside it, holding a spoon. He’d then relax his body completely and immerse himself in a dreamlike state, falling asleep. The instant he’d drop the spoon, he’d be awakened by the noise and he would capture the images he saw in his subconscious. Dali found a way of releasing his inner creativity and bringing the imagery from the depths of his mind to the canvas. Paintings such as The Persistence of Memory, Swans Reflecting Elephants, The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory or The Face of War are only a few of the works that made Salvador Dali famous.
Over the years, many have accused Dali of insanity. But the question remains: is genius insanity?
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