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Salvador Dali Biography

Salvador  Dali was a Spanish surrealist artist renowned for his technical skill, precise draftsmanship, and the striking and bizarre images in his work. Born in Figueres, Catalonia, Dali received his formal education in fine arts in Madrid.

Salvador Dali produced many prints, his first prints being created in the 1950s. Many of Salvador Dali’s prints were lithograph prints though he also created etching prints, woodcut prints and drypoint prints. All of Salvador Dali prints are original prints as Dali saw printmaking as a distinct medium to create artworks.

For surrealists, and especially Dali, beauty is not the main goal in their paintings. Neither is geometry. For geometric forms to Dali means control whereas natural and organic forms recall the unconscious mind.

Dali claims his works were meant to terrorise by showing you something that perhaps does exist in the subconscious and is not acknowledged until one looks deeper into his paintings and associations can be made and/or inferred. Dali’s works can also be read as the artist constructing his own psychoanalysis – where some scholars often claim the artist has incorporated his own self portrait into his paintings although hardly recognisable.

 

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