Born on May 11, 1904, in Figueras, Spain, Salvador Dali was one of the famous and controversial painters. He studied art in Madrid and Barcelona, and adapted a number of artistic styles. He had an unusual technicality in his painting style which made him famous among art lovers. He went to Paris in 1926 and met Picasso and Miro. This was the most significant time of his life which brought a great maturity in his painting style. Salvador Dali Paintings are based on various themes, and famous for using very common things.
He was famous surrealist painter who used various different themes for his paintings. From 1929 to 1937, Dali produced many surrealist paintings and he became the world’s best-known surrealist artist. His style of painting matured rapidly with most of his paintings based on the themes of subconscious mind. His paintings depicted the dream world using common things like clocks etc. painted in a deformed manner. He portrayed these objects with background scenes of his homeland and in very miserable and realistic fashion. His 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory is a fine example of his surrealist art. However, Dali got highly influenced with painter Raphael and changed his surrealist style and adopted other art forms like cubism.
From 1940 to 1955 he lived in the United States of America. He spent much of his time designing theatre sets, jewelry, interiors of fashionable shops. From 1950 to 1970, Dali painted many paintings with various religious themes. However, still some of his work was greatly based on themes from his old memories of childhood and from his wife Gala. He died on January 23, 1989, in Figueras, Spain.
Some of his most Beautiful and Admired Paintings are Listed below.
Landscape Near Figueras:
Landscape Near Figueras was one of the earliest paintings of Salvador Dali. He was only six years old when he painted this painting. The painting depicts the shrubs, grass and trees which comprise the landscape. The color of the sky is light blue painted finely. The paintwork used in the painting and brushing style is extraordinary. The fine work of the painting makes it hard to believe that the painting was painted by a six year old boy.
Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee:
Dream, Caused by the Flight of a Bee, is one of the early works of Dali with sexuality as its central theme. It is believed that the painting depicts Gala, Dali’s wife as a nude woman in the middle of a dream. The bee and pomegranate of the title can be seen below the nude woman. The painting also has a fish, a tiger and a rifle attacking the nude woman. This is one of the finest surrealistic works of Dali. Like many surrealistic artists, Dali was also fascinated towards the unrealistic and weird dreams of a subconscious mind. This fascination can be seen in this painting with weird and unusual combination of elements that one can only see in a dream.
As Dali adopted new styles in his art, he came with various unique ideas for his paintings. The Crucifixion is one such good work of Dali that is a combination of cubism and modern art. Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) looks like an old masterpiece. The painting shows Jesus on the cross. The fine cubes can be seen all over the painting. The self-portrait can also be seen on one of the knees of the Christ. The floor of the painting is made of black and white squares and at one corner we can see a woman standing on the floor. The woman is believed to be Gala, looking up at Christ.
Still Life Moving Fast:
Still life paintings were a great trend among painters in those times. Dali was one of those painters who were able to portray many daily life objects into his paintings with details. The paintings depicted objects in very realistic manner with shadows falling accordingly to natural light, light refracting through glass bottles and shining knife blades. The painting depicts various still life objects like a table, cutlery, a dish, a glass, fruits and vegetables. These objects are placed in a circle in a deferring animation. The painting also depicts Dali’s great love for spiral work. The spiral work can be found in the twisting fruit dish in the center, rhinoceros horn in the upper left, and in the head of cauliflower on the right.
Apparition of Face and Fruit- Dish on a Beach:
Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach was painted between 1938 and 1939. The painting is considered as one of the finest works of Dali. The first look at the painting depicts an isolated beach but as you look closer you can see a face. On a closer look you can also see a footed dish filled with pears and you can also see a profile of a dog. These pictures are combined together intelligently to form different things. As you can see that the dog’s collar becomes a bridge and his head becomes a hill. Dali was very fascinated towards these multi-valiant images and this influenced his artwork as well.
A Mad Tea Party:
A Mad Tea Party is influenced by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. This painting is considered as one of the rarest and beautiful works of Dali. The painting depicts various props from the fictional book well suited together in a surrealist art work. The painting consists of 12 heliogravures from each chapter of the book. This painting is also considered as the combination of two of the greatest minds who were perfect in capturing the world of dreams on paper.
The Face of War:
The Face of War was painted in 1940. The painting depicts the suffering of the people in the times of war. The painting was painted during the times of Spanish Civil War and depicted the sufferings of people. The painting depicts a dead rotting face which portrays death. The rotting and decaying faces in the painting have only one meaning and that is death. The face can be seen with big eyes looking into the eyes of its viewer. Dali’s handprint can be seen in the right-hand corner, this handprint is considered as Dali’s way of expressing his thoughts about war using art and not words. The meaning behind this painting that Dali wanted to depict was that war only brought death and thus face of war was nothing but death and suffering.
Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man:
This painting was painted by Dali in 1943. The painting depicts a large egg-shaped globe of the world and a man coming out of the globe or hatching out of it. The man is coming out of the United States of America. The painting depicts England in the grasp of the new man and a blood crack in the globe. In front you can see an adult and a child watching the birth of the new man. The adult can be seen pointing out the birth of the new man to the child. The child on the other hand looks afraid as he can be seen grabbing the knees of the adult. The painting was a clear depiction of America emerging as a super-power with a firm grasp on England.
The Invisible Man:
The Invisible Man was painted by Salvador Dali in 1929. In this painting Dali used double images for the first time. However, you can also see shades to form the image in the painting. In the painting, you can see the use of various actual objects that form a man. At the bottom of the painting you can see something coming out of man’s feet. This depicts evil coming out of the man as you can see people on the right crying as if they are crying for his pain and wishing for his cure. A closer look on the painting will tell you that the objects forming the man are actually crossing over the man without noticing him as if he is not there.