Salvador Dalí

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.

Year Event
1904 Born in Figueras, Spain
1921 San Fernando School of Fine Arts, Madrid
1926 Stay 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