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Salvador Dalí
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Dalí photographed by
Carl Van Vechten in 1939
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech

(1904-05-11)11 May 1904
Died 23 January 1989(1989-01-23) (aged 84)
Figueres, Catalonia, Spain
Resting place Crypt at Dalí Theatre and Museum, Figueres
Nationality Spanish
Education San Fernando School of Fine Arts, Madrid, Spain
Known for Painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, writing, film, jewelry
Notable work
  • The Persistence of Memory (1931)
  • Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) (1936)
  • Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening (1944)
  • Galatea of the Spheres (1952)
  • Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) (1954)
Movement Cubism, Dada, Surrealism
Gala Dalí (Elena Ivanovna Diakonova)
(m. 1934; d. 1982)

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marquis of Dalí de Púbol (11 May 1904 - 23 January 1989) was a Spanish Surrealist artist, of Catalan ethnicity, born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

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

Dalí was highly imaginative, and also enjoyed indulging in unusual and grandiose behavior. To the dismay of those who held his work in high regard, and to the irritation of his critics, his eccentric manner and attention-grabbing public actions sometimes drew more attention than his artwork.

Dali died of heart failure in Figueras.

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