Essay on A Trip into the Artwork of Salvador Dali

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A Trip into the Artwork of Salvador Dali
On May 11th, 1904 a young artist by the name of Salvador Dali was born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. An artist who would grow and who works would impact the world. Dali has several museums around the world with his artworks displayed. During my visit to the Dali Museum located in Saint Petersburg, Florida it was an intriguing and informative trip into the artwork of Salvador Dali.
During his journey as a young artist before finding his home in the realm of surrealism, Dali had experiences with other styles of painting such as realism, impressionism and cubism. According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language Realism is “The representation in art or literature of objects, actions, or social conditions as they actually are, without idealization or presentation in abstract form.” Dali exemplifies this in his painting Basket of Bread (1926). Another style used in his earlier times was impressionism; “A theory or style of painting originating and developed in France during the 1870s, characterized by concentration on the immediate visual impression produced by a scene and by the use of unmixed primary colors and small strokes to simulate actual reflected light” (American Heritage Dictionary), this style is used in the View of Cadaques” (1904). In the “Honey is Sweeter than Blood” we see Dali exemplify cubism, which is “a nonobjective school of painting and sculpture developed in Paris in the early 20th century, characterized by the reduction and fragmentation of natural forms into abstract, often geometric structures usually rendered as a set of discrete planes” (American Heritage Dictionary).
Dali’s most popular painting is the Persistence of Memory (1931). Depicted in...


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