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Spanish painter, printmaker and sculptor Salvador Dalí was a leading figure in Surrealism in the 1930s and became one of the most significant, and notorious, artists of the twentieth century.

Best known for his images of melting watches in a dream world of sunlit landscapes, Dalí produced over 1,500 paintings...
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 ‘I have an extraordinary weapon available to me – mysticism, that is, the deep intuition of what is, the immediate communion with the whole, the absolute vision through the grace of truth, by divine grace.’

Salvador Dali

Best known for his images of melting watches in a dream world of sunlit landscapes, Dalí produced over 1,500 paintings and a total of more than 4,000 works of art, including sculptures, drawings, engravings, holograms, photographs and jewellery. Renowned for his surreal acts and flamboyant self-publicity, he wrote, 'At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.' Dalí's influences range from cubism and Dada to the meticulous detail of nineteenth-century genre painting and earlier Old Masters.

‘Dalí was acutely aware of his times. He said to himself: Velázquez and Raphael – if they had lived in a nuclear age, what would they paint?’
Michael R. Taylor, curator
‘Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dalí.’
Salvador Dalí

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