Salvador Dali's Work

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Salvador Dali's Work

Salvador Dali's creativity allowed him the freedom to be who he wanted

to be, the same is true in American culture today. Dali's excellence

in draftsmanship, accessibility of imagery from the unconscious, and

master of self-publicity all resulted in unimaginable fame. Dali was

born in Figueras, a northern Spanish provinceof Cataloniain May of

1904; Dali began his life within a middle-class family. He joined the

Surrealist movement during the summer of 1929, however with much

reserve because he shared little of their political and religious

affiliations of atheism and Marxism politics, in addition to ties with

the Communist Party. He remained true to his beliefs was expelled from

the group and ended up in American years later, where he made a home

with his wife Gala. As he arrived in the United States, the shift in

attitudes and values were just starting to stir. More immigration was

taking place and new ideas and outlooks on the world were circulating

around in a buzz. He was part of this new creative lifestyle. Working

when he wanted, setting his own prices, and ultimately having more

freedom because the economic and social structures were changing. The

economic structures refer to big business and how the job market is

related to people, and the social structures are broad attitudes and

valued by people in the market and in society as a whole. This is all

because of this new rise in the "creative class." The "creative class"

consists of scientists, engineers, artists, musicians, and

knowledge-based professionals. Since 1900 this class, once only

holding 10% of workers has grown to obtaining 30%, and is continual...

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...e creative class won the war and there "perks" of the

job are still unfolding everyday because if creativity makes money,

then the "creatives" are in demand, and in turn can demand whatever

they want because they "get it."


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