On this day in 1904, subversive Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí was born. Best known for the bizarre and intriguing images used in his work, the man behind the famous “I don’t do drugs, I am drugs” quote distinguished himself not only as a preeminent artist, but also as a maverick in his personal life. One of the salient members of the Surrealist movement, he dabbled in several artistic disciplines other than painting. He worked with film directors, designed jewelry and costumes, and created advertisements, sculptures and installation art, all with a quirky sense of experimentalism.
To celebrate the author of the iconic ode to time – “The Persistence of Memory”, we have created the Salvador Dalí Timeline, which retraces some of the most notable events in his life.
Born in Figueres as Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, he attended the drawing school and, at the age of 13, had his charcoal drawings exhibited in his family home by his father. Three years later, the Municipal Theatre in his hometown hosted his first public exhibition. Dalí then enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid, where he also first came into contact with the Surrealist movement. Expelled from the Academy right before his final exams under the accusation of having started an unrest, he nevertheless continued his creative endeavors that were to turn him into an enduring figure in the history of art.
Although generally associated with specific works nowadays, Dalí is still impossible to pin down. Creator of hallucinatory dreamscapes, indulging in off-the-wall behavior, he equally inspired and appalled, and was simultaneously revered and despised; however, he unquestionably captured everyone’s attention. He was banished from the artistic group to the recognition of which he significantly contributed, but also appeared on the cover of Time magazine, was the madman in one of the sequences of Hitchcock’s film Spellbound, and ultimately made an undisputable impact on the 20th century art.
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