Salvador Dali (1904-1989)
During his career, he focused on cubism, futurism, as well as metaphysical painting work, until in 1929, he joined the group of surrealists, and this art movement which he felt a connection to. His fame and notoriety, and talent in the art world, quickly made him a leading force in the Surrealist movement, and he became one of the representatives of the art movement during the 1930s.
His major contribution to the Surrealist movement is called the "Paranoiac-Critical Method" which is a form of mental exercise of accessing the subconscious parts of the mind to have an artistic inspiration. He used this method to realize the dreams and imagination ha have in his mind, changing the real world the way he wanted and not necessarily what it was.
salvador dali paintings, drawings
Salvador Dali' cultivated exhibitionism and eccentricity in the work he created; not only in his art forms, but also in the way which he presented himself to the general public. In fact, in 1936, at a surrealist exhibition in London, he came to the show dressed in a dive suit, and made claims that it was a source of his creative energy. This timeless showmanship not only helped him through the course of his career, it also helped propel him as one of the leading artists in the Surrealist movement of the time. A well-read student of Sigmund Freud, Salvador Dali considered dreams and imagination as central rather than marginal to human thought. He also embraced the surrealist theory of automatism; he transformed this theory, into something that was seen in a more positive light, which he titled critical paranoia. Under the concept, he described how the artist should focus on cultivating a genuine delusion while still remaining aware at the back of their mind, that control and reason will be suspended for a period of time. The artist thought this was not only something that should be used in the art form, painting and sculpture work, but it should also be a concept which people followed during the daily course of their lives, and interactions with others.
In 1937, Salvador Dali 'visited Italy, and during this trip, was able to experience many new art forms and creation pieces. During this trip, his work took a turn, towards a more traditional, and more academic style, in comparison to some of the earlier works he created as a surrealist painter. This change in his art form, along with the political beliefs which Salvador Dali' held, caused Breton to expel him from the surrealist art movement. Shortly after, in 1940, he moved to the US, where he remained until 1955, experimenting in this new style and technique, and with new design concepts which he had adopted while in Italy. To continue reading please visit.. dalipaintings.com.
salvador dali quotes
“Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.”
“I don't do drugs. I am drugs.”
“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.”
“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 is this Salvador Dalí going to accomplish today?”
“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.”
“An elegant woman is a woman who despises you and has no hair under her arms.”
“What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it.”
“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”
“Since I don't smoke, I decided to grow a mustache - it is better for the health.
However, I always carried a jewel-studded cigarette case in which, instead of tobacco, were carefully placed several mustaches, Adolphe Menjou style. I offered them politely to my friends: "Mustache? Mustache? Mustache?"
Nobody dared to touch them. This was my test regarding the sacred aspect of mustaches.”
“The sole difference between myself and a madman is the fact that I am not mad!”
“There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.”
“Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic”
“The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.”
“I am not strange. I am just not normal.”
“The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.”
“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.”
“One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Everything alters me, but nothing changes me.”
“Let my enemies devour each other”
“So little of what could happen does happen.”
“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.”
“Beauty should be edible, or not at all.”
“Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating: It is either good or bad. ”
“Give me two hours a day of activity, and I'll take the other twenty-two in dreams.”
“The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.”
“People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings.”
“You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life”
“It's better to have loved and lost than do forty pounds of laundry a week.”
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