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alvador Dali was born on May 11 1904 He was a leader in the new movement of art in the early 20th century called Surrealism In 1921 Dali studied at the San Fernando Acadamy of Fine Arts in Madrid Here he was able to associate and learn from such Spanish modernists as Fedrico Garcia Lorca and Luis Bundel He also was influenced by Italian futurists and the metaphysical paintings of Giorgio de Chirico In his early works however Dali gave credit to his own Catalan sense of fantasy and his megalomania as being his true motivating forces Dali left the San Fernando Acadamy of Fine Arts in 1926 and move to Paris where he frequented the Cafe Cyrano which was the headquarters of the Parisan surrealists In 1929 Cafe Cyrano featured an exhibit of Dalis own surrealist paintings Dali was also fascinated with the writings of psychologist Sigmund Freud He was so moved by Frueds theory that he subsequently vowed to his lifes ambition to systemize confusion Dali is best known for his surrealist works Surrealism is an art style in which imagery is based on fantasy and the world of dreams It is thought have grown out of the French literary movement in the 1920s and has its roots in Dadaism These painters developed a dreamlike or hallucinatory imagery that was all the more startling for its highly realistic rendering Some of Dalis better known paintings are Persistence Of Memory also know popularly as Soft Watches 1931 and The Sacrament Of The Last Supper 1955 These Paintings have become part of the definitive record of 20th Century art Dali used many mediums to illustrate his inspirations His most popular of course are his paintings but he also used such media as jewelry advertisements beer-bottle designs ballet sets and costumes Dali also experimented his talents in film as well In 1928 he and childhood mentor Luis Bundel produced the famous surrealist film Un Chein Andalou
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