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For my artist report I chose Salvador Dali the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dali was born in the small town of Figueras Spain on May 11 1904 He came from a middle-class family and seemed to express a great interest in art from the very beginning He read many books about art as a young child and had a completed his first oil paintings at the age of eight At this point he was sent by his parents to live with the Pitchots an artistically gifted family who lived in the country not far from Dalis hometown of Figueras As Dali went into his teen years he began to paint constantly Most of his works were of the local landscapes and scenes of Spanish domestic life In 1921 Dali enrolled in the School of Fine Arts in Madrid hoping to expand on the base of Impressionism that he had gained as a young man living with the Pitchots At the school Dali toiled in the newest styles including Cubism Futurism and Purism It was while he was at the school that Dali would establish a reputation for eccentricity that would define him for the rest of his life In 1923 Dali was suspended for one year due to insubordination and subsequently expelled not long after he returned to the school In 1925 Dali had his first public show at the Daulmau Gallery in Barcelona displaying paintings done in traditional as well as Cubist and Purist styles The next spring Dali made his first trip to Paris where he met Picasso and was given a private tour of his studio It was a year or so later when Dali would make his first contact with Surrealism A major influence in Dalis exploration of Surrealism was his friendship with filmmaker Luis Bunuel and poet Federico Garcia Lorca Another critical influence to all of Surrealism was Freuds The Interpretation of Dreams The main goal of Surrealism
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