Thursday, March 3, 2011

Salvador Dali (Christy Kim)

Born in Barcelona, Spain, Salvador Dali (1904-1989) is one of the most renowned artist of the surrealist movement. Having talent for self-publicity, Dali established himself in the realm of surrealistic art during his trip to Paris in 1928. In 1929, he cultivated his trademark style and characteristics that are based on the theories of psychologist Sigmund Freud. According to Dali's self-cultivated theory, called 'critical paranoia', one should be in a state of delusion while keeping in mind that one's ability to reason has been temporarily suspended by will. He suggested that this method be used during not only artistic development but also on a daily basis.

Dali's works are characterized by his depiction of hallucinatory characters, such as burning giraffes, and the dream space of his influence. Noted for his meticulousness, Dali is able to execute his work in a photorealistic style.

Being an avid fan of abstract art, I have always enjoyed art that has clairvoyant qualities. As a person who loves viewing stretches of imagination, I am particularly fascinated with Dali's thought-provoking paintings. His works seem to be an endless puzzle that provides indefinite, numerous solutions. Moreover, his dreamlike illustrations provide a unique, stylistic view on common themes and images. I adore his incorporation of various out-of-characteristic style to a commonplace character, such as the smooth, wax quality to a solid, metal clock.


Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man - 1943

The Persistence of Memory - 1931


Fanes, Felix. Salvador Dalí: the construction of the image, 1925-1930. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007. Print.

Foundation, Gala-. Salvador Dalí. City: Tate, 2007.

Barnes, Rachel. Salvador Dali. City: Quercus Publishing Plc, 2009.

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