He claimed his surrealist paintings to be photographic images of his dreams. In fact, he extended his idea of ‘dreams’ into his life as well. He took over the Surrealist theory of automatism into a more positive one called ‘critical paranoia’, in which “one should cultivate genuine delusion as in clinical paranoia while remaining residually aware at the back of one's mind that the control of the reason and will has been deliberately suspended”. He took this method into his artistic life, but also used this method in his daily life.
I chose Salvador Dali for my post-1900 artist blog post because his paintings are very surreal, which fits with what we did for our final drawing. Furthermore, I am a fan of his painting “The Persistence of Memory.” I think it is fascinating how one’s lifestyle can have such a big impact on one’s artistic style. Or on the other hand, it is amazing how parallel an artist’s lifestyle and the artist’s work can be. Furthermore, his paintings cover a various range of styles from sharp detail to realistic, yet all the while his drawings are all very dreamy.
Salvador Dali was a wealthy artist while he was alive yet in his last years he suffered from a debilitating condition of palsy and finally passed away on the 23rd of January, 1989 due to heart problems.
"The Persistence of Memory"
"Three Sphinxes of Bikini"
"The Sacrament of the Last Supper"
"Flight of a Bumblebee"
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