“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”
Salvador Dalí was born May 11, 1904 in Spain. He was a Surrealist painter and printmaker, influential for his explorations in the Surrealist movement. As an art student in Madrid and Barcelona, Dalí experimented with a vast number of artistic styles. From 1929 to 1937 he produced paintings which made him the world’s best-known Surrealist artist. He depicted a dream world where he juxtaposed commonplace objects in strange ways. Dalí portrayed those objects in such realistic detail, placing them within bleak sunlit landscapes. Perhaps the most famous of those images is The Persistence of Memory (1931), in which melting watches rest in an eery and calm landscape. With the Spanish director Luis Bunuel, Dalí made two Surrealistic films, called Un Chien Andalou and L’Âge d’or. Both were shocking and often described as being grotesque and highly suggestive.