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About Dali

About Dali

Salvador Dali (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989)

Born in Figueres, Spain in 1904, Salvador Dali is known for his technical skill as a painter and the shocking quality of his imagination. His pioneering spirit was also accompanied by a reverence of tradition and a will for continuity. Dali consistently depicted the landscape of his homeland, one that became synonymous with the landscape of the imagination and of dreams. He forged in his long career a remarkable body of work, and his life demonstrates the richness of living creatively in every aspect of one’s existence.

Salvador Dali was the only surviving male child of a prosperous Catalan family that divided its time between Figueres and the coastal village of Cadaqués. Dali attended a prominent art academy in Madrid. From his earliest years as an artist he exhibited his work widely, lectured, and wrote. In 1929 he joined the Surrealist movement becoming its most visible and controversial member. That year, Dali met Gala Eluard when she visited him with her husband, poet Paul Eluard. Subsequently, Gala became Dali’s wife, his muse, primary model, and life-long obsession.

Dali broke with the Surrealist movement in 1939. He and Gala fled Europe in 1940 and spent the war years in the United States where he revised his strategy toward art, rejecting modernism and connecting with other traditions of art. In 1947 Dali and Gala returned to Spain and thereafter divided their time between Europe and the United States. In 1974, Dali organized a museum of his own collection of art, the Teatro-Museo Dali in Figueres. After the death of Gala in 1982, Dali’s health declined. His final years were spent in seclusion at his museum. Salvador Dali died on January 23, 1989 in the place of his birth.


1904   –          Salvador Dali born May 11, in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain

1921   –          Dali’s mother dies

1922   –          Exhibits paintings in Barcelona, Spain, Attends art school in Madrid, Spain

1925   –          First single artist exhibition in Barcelona

1926   –          First trip to Paris, where he meets Pablo Picasso

1928   –          Basket of Bread exhibited at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh

1929   –          Second trip to Paris, where he meets Andre Breton, founder of Surrealism, Makes film Un Chien Andalou with Luis Bunuel, Meets future wife, Gala Eluard Officially joins the Surrealist Movement

1930   –          Settles in Port Lligat, Spain

1931   –          Paints Persistence of Memory

1934   –          Dali and Gala marry in civil ceremony Dali and Gala’s first trip to New York City

1936   –          Flees Spanish Civil War, moves to Paris, Wears diving suit for lecture in London, England, Appears on cover of Time Magazine

1938   –          Visits Sigmund Freud in London

1939   –          Designs exhibit for New York World’s Fair

1940   –          Dali and Gala escape from Europe during German occupation, seek refuge in United States lasting eight years, Paints first work in exile, Daddy Longlegs of the Evening – Hope!

1941   –          First retrospective at Museum of Modern Art, New York

1942   –          Publishes creative autobiography The Secret Life of Salvador Dali

1943   –          Meets Eleanor and Reynolds Morse, lifelong friends and major collectors

1945   –          Works with Alfred Hitchcock on film Spellbound

1946   –          Works with Walt Disney on animated film Destino

1949   –          Paints first large-sized religious canvas, Madonna of Port Lligat

1950   –          Declares his art “Nuclear Mysticism”, Dali’s father dies

1958   –          Dali and Gala remarry in a religious ceremony

1964   –          Awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, one of Spain’s highest decorations

1969   –          Starts painting The Hallucinogenic Toreador, completed the following year

1971   –          The Morses open their Dali collection in Beachwood, Ohio

1974   –          Dali opens his own museum, the Teatro-Museo Dali, in Figueres, Spain

1982   –          Dali Museum opens in St. Petersburg, Florida, Gala dies in her castle in Pubol, Spain, on June 10, King Juan Carlos confers the title of Marquis of Dali of Pubol on Dali because of the artist’s exceptional contribution to Spanish culture

1983   –          Dali Foundation established in Figueres, Spain

1989   –          Dali dies of heart failure in Figueres, Spain, on January 23

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