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Salvador Dalí

1904Born in Figueras, Spain.
1921
San Fernando School of Fine Arts, Madrid.
1926Stay in Paris.
1929
He gets introduced to the group of the Surrealists, where he meets his later wife Gala. First exhibition in Paris.
1939
End of the Spanish Civil War, Dalí and Gala return to Spain.
1940
Dalí leaves Europe. Lives in the USA, first in Virginia, later in California.
1942
Large successes in the USA. Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art travels to eight cities.
1948
Return to Europe. Focus on the grand topics of the western art. Many works inspired by religion and mythology.
1964
Big retrospective in Japan.
1971
Opening of the Dalí museum in Cleveland, USA.
1978
Dalí get admitted to the Académie Française des Beaux-Arts.
1982
Dalí’s wife Gala dies in June. The artist withdraws himself from the public
1989
Salvador Dalí dies on January 23rd at the age of 84 years.

As one of the protagonists of surrealism Salvador Dalí ranks among the most famous painters of the 20th Century. Around the year 1929 Dalí had found his personal style and his genre, the world of the unconscious, which appears in dreams. Melting clocks and burning giraffes became Dalís identifying feature. His technical ability made it possible to him to paint his pictures in an old-masterly style, which reminds the beholder of later photo-realism.
Apart from the dream world Dalís most frequent topics is the world intoxication, fever and religion; his wife Gala is often depicted in his paintings.

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