ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Salvador Dali Biography by Auctioneer Adam Levinsohn

Updated on June 1, 2020
profile image

Spreading Awareness through Writing |Writer & Advisor,loves to write about art & craft, legendary collections,antique paintings, health and

Photo taken in the 50s shows Spanish artist Salvador Dali.
Photo taken in the 50s shows Spanish artist Salvador Dali. | Source

Salvador Dali - The Creative Genius of Surrealist Art

Demand for surrealist art has surged rapidly during this century, drawing in large figures at top auctions around the world. And whether you are an avid admirer of art or an investor looking for a lucrative masterpiece that will grow in value, you cannot miss out on Salvador Dali’s work when it comes to surrealism.

Salvador Dali (1904-1989) is a highly celebrated surrealist artist of the 20th century. He was most noted for his eccentric, flamboyant, sometimes controversial, and paradoxical work. They include not just paintings, but also sculptures, film, printmaking, fashion, and interactive art. And his paintings have ranked amongst the most highly valued works of art ever auctioned in the world.


Personal life

Born in Figueres, Spain, as Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Dali’s creative talents were evident from a very young age.

Dali received his first artistic education at San Fernando Academy of Art in Madrid. After living in France during the Spanish Civil War, he spent 8 years in the United States. During this time, he collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock and Walt Disney, which further extended his creative work with films.

He returned to Spain in 1948 and started work on the Teatro-Museo Dalí (The Dalí Theatre-Museum) in Figueres, where he spent the last years of his life during the 1980s.

QUICK FACT: Dali was expelled from the San Fernando Academy of Art after four years due to his rebellious behavior. He once refused to be examined, claiming that examiners were unfit to assess him.

Salvador Dali - The Creative Genius

Dali’s creative work saw the subjects of his creativity, style, and interests evolve over the decades. His early work showed influence by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. During the 1920s, Andre Breton, who led the surrealist movement, introduced him to Surrealism, for which he became renowned throughout the world later on.

During different periods, his work reflected various influences, from religion, culture, sexuality, history, and science. Visuals themes included geometry, mathematics, divinity, holograms, and visual illusions among others. Food and animals were also common themes used as symbolic representations in his paintings. Moreover, Dali was heavily influenced by Sigmund Freud, whom he first met in 1938.

But regardless of these evolving themes and influences, his highly imaginative, eccentric, fantastical, and paradoxical style has dominated his work right throughout.

And starting from his first solo exhibition in Barcelona when he was only 21 years old, his work has been on display in numerous cities all over the world, from New York and Montreal to London and Tokyo.

QUICK FACT: Andre Breton, who first introduced Dali to Surrealism, later expelled him from it in 1939. Dali’s fascist inclinations, some of his eccentric and controversial public behavior, and disagreements with Brenton were assumed to be behind this decision.


Dali’s most expensive surreal paintings

Salvador Dali’s paintings are highly sought-after by art collectors and investors alike. While the creative genius they represent is truly captivating, their value will only continue to escalate over time.

Here are the most expensive paintings of Dali sold to date.

1. Portrait de Paul Eluard - Sold for $22.4 million


Salvador Dali- Portrait de Paul Eluard
Salvador Dali- Portrait de Paul Eluard | Source

This masterpiece was sold at a record $22.4 million in 2011 at Sotheby’s London. This was the most expensive surrealist work ever auctioned at the time, and today stands at the 9th place of all time.

Dali painted this in the summer of 1929 after he met the French writer, Paul Eluard, for the first time in Paris. He was fascinated by Eluard, who was also a founder of the surrealist movement that Dali had newly discovered at the time. Incidentally, Dali later married Eluard’s then-wife, Gala, who became a muse for many of his work.


2. Printemps Necrophilique - Sold for $16.3 million


Salvador Dali-Printemps Necrophilique
Salvador Dali-Printemps Necrophilique | Source

Originally expected to draw in $10 million, Printemps Necrophilique ended up selling at a staggering $16.3 million in 2012 at Sotheby’s New York.

This painting famously depicts a woman with a flower head looking back at the audience, while a man sits looking towards a barren desert. It has an eerie stillness and emptiness with the landscape blurring into the distance.

This was painted in 1936 and initially belonged to Dali’s friend and fashion designer, Elsa Schiaparelli.


3. Enigmatic Elements in a Landscape - Sold for $11 million

Salvador Dali- Enigmatic Elements in a Landscape
Salvador Dali- Enigmatic Elements in a Landscape | Source

Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, or Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, purchased the Enigmatic Elements in a Landscape from a private owner for $11 million in 2011. Dali himself originally formed the Foundation, which has been actively acquiring his work since 1991. And this particular painting is currently on display at the Dali Theater-Museum in Figueras.

Painted in 1934, this oil-on-panel painting was little heard of until its sale for a staggering price in 2011, which drew massive public attention.

It features the enigmatic elements under a brightly painted sky. Its central figure is the artist Jan Vermeer, whose work intensely influenced Dali at the time. You can also see Dali himself as a young boy in a sailor suit in the distance, which is a recurring portrait seen in his work. The background’s absinthe green is another favorite of the artist, which you will notice in some of his other paintings as well.


QUICK FACT:

Salvador Dali- The Persistence of Memory
Salvador Dali- The Persistence of Memory | Source

The Persistence of Memory is the most notable work of art by /. It was painted early in his career in 1931 when he was just 27 years old and has since been his most celebrated masterpiece. An anonymous donor presented the painting to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, where it has been on display for over 85 years. It’s famously known for the melting watches that are set among several symbolic items against the backdrop of the coast of Catalonia, his hometown.


With several museums dedicated to honoring, preserving, and promoting Salvador Dali’s work and the growing demand for surrealism, his extraordinary and fantastical masterpieces are set to surge in value in the years to come. So, whether you are thinking of expanding your art collection, purchasing your first original painting, or investing in a masterpiece, Salvador Dali’s work would make a timeless choice.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)