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Salvador Dali is one of the most sensational artists of the XX century He was a Spanish painter sculptor graphic artist and designer After passing through phases of Cubism Futurism and Metaphysical painting he joined the Surrealists in 1929 Surrealism is an art movement that explored and celebrated the realm of dreams and unconscious mind through creation of visual art poetry and motion pictures Among surrealisms most important contributions was the invention of new artistic techniques that tapped into the artists unconscious mind In his book Dali wrote In twenty five years I wanted to become the most sensational artist in the world and I became prominent Dali Chevalier 1993 He searched for sense outside rational perception and searched for an output in intuitive subconscious sphere The three periods are distinguished in the Dalis life The first period - till 1928 was time of childrens impressions studies acquaintances to classical art and to the major art directions the second period lasted for 10 years 1928 to 1947 was the period of program surrealistic creativity the third period since 1948 after returning to Spain was the period of manipulation the period of classical heritage art and religious creation of religious series of works Dali distinguished five stages in his work Dali-Planetary Dali-Molecular Dali - Monarchic Dali - Hallucinogen Dali - Futirity Dali did not include the time till 1927 into these periods The boy who became one of the greatest geniuses of surrealism epoch was born on May 11 1904 in a middle-class family of Don Salvador Dali His childhood Dali prent in Catalonia in northeast of Spain the most beautiful place in the globe The talent for painting Dali showed in early age In four he tried to draw with surprising diligence for a small child At six Dali were impressed by the image of Napoleon and as though identified himself with Napoleon Salvador Dali drew the first picture at the age of ten It
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