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Salvador Dali Salvador Dali is known as one of the great surrealist painters of the 20th century Salvador was born May 11 1904 in the Catalan town of Figueras near Barcelona Spain Dali first began painting at the age of 10 and at the age of 12 he went on a vacation with an artistic family the Pichots Ramon Pichot was Dalis first role model when it came to painting he greatly influenced Dali with his artwork Dali later attended the Municipal Drawing School where he received his first formal training in art drafting painting and engraving Dalis first exhibition was his charcoal drawing organized by his father in 1917 in his home In 1918 Salvadors first drawing was purchased by a Catalan newspaper the Patufet Dali was greatly exposed to many types of art movements such as Impressionism Post-Impressionism and Futurism Salvador was accepted to the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid which he was expelled from in 1926 After Dali was expelled he explored Cubism Neo-Classicism and Realism in his paintings The year 1929 was Dalis most important year during this time he made his first Surrealist film Un Chien Andalou An Adualusian Dog with former classmate Luis Bunuel Dali joined the Surrealist group and he met Gala Eluard the wife of Paul Eluard a Surrealist poet She eventually became his wife his muse and an influence behind many of his paintings Dali had many other inspirational people in his life Picasso Miro the architect Guadi and especially the landscape of Catalonia Salvadors surrealist ideas came from Freudian psychology Many of Dalis work during the 1930s were intaglio prints that accompanied Surrealist books and periodicals These prints included L Immaculee Conception and La Femme Visible Eventually in 1934 Dali separated from the Surrealist group because of his conflicting view toward their commitment to Marxist politics and development of rituals and dogmas He demanded absolute freedom and he felt their
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