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As a young man Dali attended the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid Early recognition of Dalis talent came with his first one-man show held in Barcelona in 1925 He recieved international fame when three of his paintings were shown in the third annual Carnegie International Exhibition in Pittsburgh in 1928 In a way this was was his prime starting block After this Dali went to Paris the following year again holding a one-man show and at this point Dali joined the Paris Surrealist Group It was in this same year that Dali met Gala Eluard when she visited him in Cadaques with her husband the French poet Paul Eluard She became Dalis lover muse business manager and the source of inspiration for many of Dalis greatest works They were married in 1934 at a civil ceremony and made their first trip to America Dali emerged as a leader of the Surrealist movement and his painting Persistence of Memory 1931 is still one of the best known surrealist works But as war approached the apolitical Dali clashed with the Surrealists and he was expelled during a trial conducted by the group in 1934 Although he did exhibit works in international surrealist exhibitions throughout the decade asserting that le Surrealisme cest moi by 1940 he was ready to move into a new era one that he termed classic During World War II Dali and his wife Gala took refuge in the United States returning after the wars end to Spain His international reputation continued to grow based as much on his flamboyance and flair for publicity as on his prodigious output of
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