Essay On Salvador Dali

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Salvador Dalí is probably one of the most well-known artists of the Surrealist period, as well as a very influential figure in modern art. Even though he was formally expelled from the Surrealist movement years before his death, one could not consider him/herself a true Surrealist without having studied Dalí’s background, methods, philosophies, inspirations and influences. Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domenech was born in the city of Figueres, Spain to Felipa Domenech Ferrés and Salvador Dalí y Cusí. His life of eccentricities started perhaps when the parents of young Salvador told him that he was the reincarnation of his deceased, older brother (who was also named Dalí). Dalí noted that "[we] resembled each other like two drops of water, but we had different reflections." He claimed that he "…was probably a first version of myself, but conceived too much in the absolute." This idea surrounding his brother would later become the subject of some of Salvador’s work. Dalí’s artistic nature and bizarre tendencies were received very differently by each of his parents. While his mother was often supportive of his artistic ventures, the older Dalí— notary and lawyer— did not approve of them and showed very little tolerance for his son’s interests. Despite this distinct distaste, he allowed his son to attended several artistic institutions when he and his wife recognized the amount of talent young Dalí possessed. He attended Colegio de Hermanos Maristas and the Instituto at 12 years old and enrolled in Academia de Fernando at 18 years old. Dalí had his first public art exhibition when he was 15. The focus of Dalí’s energy shifted dramatically when he met Elena Dmitrievna Diakonova, a Russian immigrant (who is often referred to as “... ... middle of paper ... ... The disease rendered him unable to paint (because of chronic trembling and weakness in his hands), swiftly ending his painting career. To add insult to injury, Dalí’s wife Gala passed away only two years later. Lonely and unable to do what he loved most, he spiraled down into an inescapable depression. After another two years, Dalí manages to survive a near fatal fire (with the help of friends), but is confined to a wheelchair because of the injuries he sustained. Soon after recovering from heart failure in November of 1988, Dalí finally succumbs to the power of time (and a failing heart) and dies on January 23, 1989. Even though Dalí has been dead for over two-and-a-half decades now, his influence on modern surrealist art has all but faded. By creating such iconic and controversial masterpieces, Salvador Dalí shaped the future of art history all over the world.
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