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Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí young.
Artist's data
Name:  Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech.
Nationality:  Spain.
Year of birth:  1904, Spain.
Year of death:  1989, Spain.
Style:  Surrealism.

He is one of the most reputed artists in the history of Spain, born in 1904 and died at 85 years old in his hometown: Figueres (Catalonia). Salvador Dalí was the most prominent painter of the Spanish surrealist movement. After his death, he left behind a vast collection of works and a new way of understanding aesthetics and art.

Eccentric like no one else, his personal image and ideas; everything was tinged with his artistic sensitivity.

One of Dalí's traits that most attracted attention was the contrast generated by such a peculiar personality, and the enormous capacity for work and technical excellence, which he consistently demonstrated.


Dalí's Paintings

Dalí's pictorial work consists of approximately 1,500 paintings, of which we present the 12 most important here. To buy, access the store in the section Dalí oil paintings.



  • "The Persistence of Memory"

    Also known as "The Melting Clocks". Painted in 1931. It is the most representative painting of the artist.

    It shows a desert with 4 clocks, of which 3 are squashed by the effect of time and heat, apparently.

    The fourth clock, of which only the back is seen, is not deformed but is attacked by ants. The symbolism of the work seems complex, although in reality it is not so much. Dalí explains that he was inspired by melted cheese, and it was practically a coincidence that clocks were the protagonists of the work. It is currently on permanent exhibition at the MoMA Museum, New York.


  • "Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening"

    An oil on wood panel work, painted in 1944 by Salvador Dalí.

    It is one of the most recognizable paintings of the artist, in which recurrent figures that the artist would use throughout his career are found: elephants with stilt-like legs, his wife Gala, an insect, and a lifeless landscape.

    The importance of the work lies in the extreme creativity it shows, combined with a flawless academic technique. It is currently located at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid.


  • "Swans Reflecting Elephants"

    Oil on canvas painted in 1937, it is one of the most notable paintings, where Dalí completes his surreal composition with a masterful visual game. In this case, he turns the reflection of trees and swans on a lake into perfectly delineated elephants.


  • "The Elephants"

    Also known by its English title "The Elephants". Painted in oil on canvas in the year 1948. This painting recovers the absolutely fascinating and dreamlike figures that Dalí had created 4 years earlier, but this time they are the protagonists of the work. The original is currently located at the MoMA, New York.


  • "The Temptation of Saint Anthony"

    This is one of the most representative works of Spanish surrealism, painted in 1946, oil on canvas, measuring 90 x 120 cm.

    Saint Anthony the Abbot of the 3rd century, one of the first Christian hermits, is depicted in the desert fighting against the temptations of fame, sex, wealth, and power. Each of these temptations is mounted on the back of an animal. The Saint places the Cross between himself and the temptations, as the only hope that they will not overwhelm him.

    It is currently located in the complex Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Belgium.


  • "Metamorphosis of Narcissus"

    It is considered that this painting merges three elements that only Dalí could unite: classical Greece, psychoanalysis, and science.

    Painted in 1937, the artist personally showed the painting to Sigmund Freud, who was amazed by such a display of talent and symbolism in the work.


  • "The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory"

    Painted in 1954, it is a remake in response to the painting Dalí had made more than 20 years earlier.

    This time the desert is filled with water and the world appears divided between what is above and below the surface. What was once a solid mass now appears fragmented into aligned blocks. According to experts, the symbolism of the work includes allusions to quantum mechanics, the self-destruction of the human race, and the atomic bomb.

    It is currently exhibited at the Salvador Dalí Museum, Florida, United States.


  • "The Hallucinogenic Toreador"

    Oil painting on a 4 x 3 meters canvas, painted in 1970, also known as "The Hallucinogenic Toreador".

    It is one of the most heterogeneous compositions of the artist, among the elements it presents are: his wife Gala, the goddess Venus, colors of the Spanish flag, bullring, insects, geometric shapes, Dalmatian dog, landscape of Cape Creus (Catalonia). All of this grouped with visual games and experimentation with holography.


  • "Christ of Saint John of the Cross"

    A surreal painting with religious inspiration, painted in 1951.

    At the time Dalí created this work, he was already quite close to the Catholic faith, yet he found several detractors who could not understand the modernist character and original perspective of the work.

    The central figure is based on a small drawing made by Saint John of the Cross in the 16th century.

    It is currently located in the Kelvingrove Museum, Scotland.


  • "The Burning Giraffe"

    Oil painting on panel, painted in 1937 by Salvador Dalí.

    It features an apocalyptic theme, where the painter reveals all sorts of psychological aspects related to: politics, war, women, and men.

    It is currently located in the Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland.


  • "Soft Construction with Boiled Beans"

    Oil composition, painted in the year 1936, 6 months before the start of The Spanish Civil War.

    Considered a premonitory work in this sense, the artist foresaw the horrors of the impending war.

    It is currently located in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA.


  • "The Sacrament of the Last Supper"

    Biblical scene oil painted on canvas in 1955.

    Towards the end of his life Dalí turned to the Catholic religion, from this period comes this and other paintings inspired by scenes from the New Testament.

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Buy it in the section of Dalí oil paintings.

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