Salvador Felip Jacint Dalí i Domènech is among the most versatile and prolific artists of the twentieth century. Though chiefly remembered for his painterly output, in the course of his long career he successfully turned to sculpture, printmaking, fashion, advertising, writing, and, perhaps most famously, filmmaking in his collaborations with Luis Buñuel and Alfred Hitchcock. Dalí was renowned for his flamboyant personality as much as for his undeniable technical virtuosity. In his early use of organic morphology, his work bears the stamp of fellow Spaniards Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. His paintings also evince a fascination for Classical and Renaissance art, clearly visible through his hyper-realistic style and religious symbolism of his later work. Dalí is most often associated with the Surrealist movement, despite his formal expulsion from the group in 1934 for his reactionary political views.
Landscape, glass reflection, and a person. The light on the back of the girl (Ana Maria, his sister), enhances one of Dalí’s favorite employed elements. The landscape behind the window is the bay of Cadaqués, where Dalí used to stay in the summer. Garcia Lorca kept great memories about the view from that window at the awakens, he described his stay in Cadaqués, like wonderful, as a beautiful dream. Dalí and Ana Maria were very close each other, particularly after the death of their mother. Ana Maria was her only female model until Gala replaced her in 1929. After Ana Maria in a book described her brother in a way that he doesn’t like, Dalí painted another version of this picture with the title Young Virgin Buggered By Her Own Chastity, 1954.
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.
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He did love his sister very much the way I read it.
Ana Maria wrote a book about her brother that portrayed a very different view of Dalí to the one he had carefully constructed in his autobiographies. This led to the collapse of their relationship.