S.D & the Burning Giraffe


Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali was born on the 11th of May 1904 in the town of Figueres, Spain.   On the 23rd of January 1989, at the age of 84, Dali passed away in his hometown of Figueres due to heart failure. He is buried in the crypt of The Dali Theatre and Museum in Figueres, in Catalonia, Spain.
Some styles and trends in Dali’s work which continued throughout his life we already evident in the 1920’s. Dali consumed influences from a variety of different styles of art, ranging from classical to experimental (avant garde). Some of his classical influences included Raphael, Bronzino, and Johannes Vermeer. He used both classical and modernist techniques. He would sometimes use them separately or combine them.
As a young boy, Salvador attended the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid. At 21, he had his first one-man show in Barcelona, 1925. He became known all over the world when three of his paintings were shown in the third annual Carnegie International Exhibition held in Pittsburgh in 1928. Many exhibitions of his works in Barcelona attracted considerable amounts of attention, along with praise of good work and confused debates from the critics.
In1926, Dali made his first visit to Paris, where he met Pablo Picasso. Around 1929 Dali moved to Paris where he joined the Surrealists Movement, led by Andre Breton. The Surrealist Movement included artists such as Giorgio de Chirico, Enrico Donati, Alberto Giacometti, Valentine Hugo, and Méret Oppenheim. Dali soon became a leader of the Surrealist Movement. As World War 2 drew near, Salvador clashed with many of the other the Surrealists and was ‘expelled’ from the surrealist group.
As an artist, Dali was never limited to a particular style or media. The body of his work, from early impressionist paintings to his surrealist works, and into his classical period, shows us a persistently growing and evolving artist. Dali worked in all media, leaving behind a fortune of treasures, such as his...