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Salvador Dali


Salvador Dali
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Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Spain.

Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931. Dalí's expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Dalí attributed his "love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my ... more »

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  • ''The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.''
    Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Spanish painter. The Secret Life of Salvador Dali, ch. 11 (1948).
  • ''The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.''
    Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Spanish painter. The Secret Life of Salvador Dali, ch. 4 (1948).
  • ''Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism for purposes of subversion, it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums.''
    Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Spanish painter. The Secret Life of Salvador Dali, ch. 14 (1948).
  • ''The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.''
    Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Spanish painter. Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp, preface, ed. Pierre Cabanne (1968, trans. 1971).
  • ''There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.''
    Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Spanish painter. Diary of a Genius, May 1952 (1966).
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