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Wikipedia Summary for Salvador Dali

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquess of Dalí de Púbol (Catalan: [səlβəˈðo ðəˈli]; Spanish: [salβaˈðoɾ ðaˈli]; 11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989) was a Spanish surrealist artist renowned for his technical skill, precise draftsmanship, and the striking and bizarre images in his work.

Born in Figueres, Catalonia, Dalí received his formal education in fine arts in Madrid. Influenced by Impressionism and the Renaissance masters from a young age, he became increasingly attracted to Cubism and avant-garde movements. He moved closer to Surrealism in the late 1920s and joined the Surrealist group in 1929, soon becoming one of its leading exponents. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in August 1931, and is one of the most famous Surrealist paintings. Dalí lived in France throughout the Spanish Civil War (1936 to 1939) before leaving for the United States in 1940 where he achieved commercial success. He returned to Spain in 1948 where he announced his return to the Catholic faith and developed his "nuclear mysticism" style, based on his interest in classicism, mysticism and recent scientific developments.

Dalí's artistic repertoire included painting, graphic arts, film, sculpture, design and photography, at times in collaboration with other artists. He also wrote fiction, poetry, autobiography, essays and criticism. Major themes in his work include dreams, the subconscious, sexuality, religion, science and his closest personal relationships. To the dismay of those who held his work in high regard, and to the irritation of his critics, his eccentric and ostentatious public behavior often drew more attention than his artwork. His public support for the Francoist regime, his commercial activities and the quality and authenticity of some of his late works have also been controversial. His life and work were an important influence on other Surrealists, pop art and contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst.

There are two major museums devoted to Salvador Dalí's work: the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain, and the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it.

--Salvador Dali

Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.

--Salvador Dali

Do not strive to be a modern artist: it's the one thing, unfortunately, you can't help being.

--Salvador Dali

Dali was Renaissance man converted to psychoanalysis.

--Salvador Dali

Photographic fantasy: more agile and faster in discoveries than murky subconscious processes!

--Salvador Dali

And now the announcement of Watson and Crick about DNA. This is for me the real proof of the existence of God.

--Salvador Dali

The daily life of a genius, his sleep, his digestion, he ecstasies, his nails, his colds, his blood, his life and death are essentially different from the rest of mankind.

--Salvador Dali

Picasso is a communist. Neither am I.

--Salvador Dali

Just as I am astonished that a bank clerk never eats a cheque, so too am I astonished that no painter before me ever thought of painting a soft watch.

--Salvador Dali

Democratic governments are not suited to the publication of the thunderous revelations I am in the habit of making. The unpublished parts will appear later... when Europe will have restored its traditional monarchies.

--Salvador Dali

New skin, a new land! And a land of liberty, if that is possible! I chose the geology of a land that was new to me.

--Salvador Dali

The world of the cinema and of painting are very different; precisely, the possibilities of photography and the cinema reside in that unlimited fantasy which is born of things themselves... a piece of sugar can become on the screen larger than an infinite perspective of gigantic buildings.

--Salvador Dali

If I'm going to be anything more than average, if anyone is going to remember me, then I need to go further, in art, in life, in everything!

--Salvador Dali

Right now I'm the greatest. I don't say this through vanity. It's just that the rest are so bad.

--Salvador Dali

Who knows how to taste wine never drinks wine again, but tastes secrets instead.

--Salvador Dali

The desire to survive and the fear of death are artistic sentiments.

--Salvador Dali

The two greatest strokes of luck that can happen to a painter are (1) to be Spanish, (2) to be called Dali.

--Salvador Dali

Photographic data... is still and essentially the safest poetic medium and the most agile process for catching the most delicate osmoses which exist between reality and surreality. The mere fact of photographic transposition means a total invention: the capture of a secret reality.

--Salvador Dali

Since man's highest mission on earth is to spiritualize everything, it is his excrement in particular that needs it most.

--Salvador Dali

Happy is he who causes a scandal.

--Salvador Dali

I will be so brief, I have already finished.

--Salvador Dali

Young people need plenty of difficulties to achieve something.... If you receive a little money for this, a little money for that, everything becomes mediocre, and collapses ignominiously.

--Salvador Dali

Picasso is a painter, so am I; Picasso is Spanish, so am I; Picasso is a communist, neither am I.

--Salvador Dali

The problem with the youth of today' is that one is no longer part of it.

--Salvador Dali

I do not believe in my death.

--Salvador Dali

We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images.

--Salvador Dali

Longer Version:

We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art.


I'm going to live forever. Geniuses don't die.

--Salvador Dali

Now sexual obsessions are the basis of artistic creation. Accumulated frustration leads to what Freud calls the process of sublimation. Anything that does not take place erotically sublimates itself in the work of art.

--Salvador Dali

Many people do not reach their eighties because they spend too much time in their forties.

--Salvador Dali

Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature, understand them thoroughly.

--Salvador Dali

Longer Version:

Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.


Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy -- the joy of being Salvador Dalí -- and I ask myself in rapture: What wonderful things this Salvador Dalí is going to accomplish today?

--Salvador Dali

There comes a moment in every person's life when they realise they adore me.

--Salvador Dali

I do not take drugs. I am drugs.

--Salvador Dali

My mother's death supervened, and this was the greatest blow I had experienced in my life. I worshipped her... I could not resign myself to the loss of a being on whom I counted to make invisible the unavoidable blemishes of my soul.
― Salvador Dalí, The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí.

--Salvador Dali

When I paint, the Sea Roars
Others Splash about in the bath.

--Salvador Dali

Everyone should eat hashish, but only once.

--Salvador Dali

It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself.

--Salvador Dali

The difference between false memories and true ones is the
same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the
most real, the most brilliant.

--Salvador Dali

A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.

--Salvador Dali

We must always remember that the Chinese revolution was not a peasant's revolution, but one of the extreme Right.

--Salvador Dali

What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust.

--Salvador Dali

Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.

--Salvador Dali

I am the first to be surprised and often terrified by the images that I see appear on my canvas.

--Salvador Dali

It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.

--Salvador Dali

So little of what could happen does happen.

--Salvador Dali

If you understand a painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it.

--Salvador Dali

Knowing how to look is a way of inventing.

--Salvador Dali

Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure -- that of being Salvador Dali.

--Salvador Dali

Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations as I am in the habit of making.

--Salvador Dali

Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic.

--Salvador Dali

I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.

--Salvador Dali

The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.

--Salvador Dali

Liking money like I like it, is nothing less than mysticism. Money is a glory.

--Salvador Dali

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.

--Salvador Dali

Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.

--Salvador Dali

There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.

--Salvador Dali

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

--Salvador Dali

I seated ugliness on my knee, and almost immediately grew tired of it.

--Salvador Dali

Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism for purposes of subversion, it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums.

--Salvador Dali

The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.

--Salvador Dali

At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.

--Salvador Dali

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