Essay on Salvador Dali

Submitted By shanelle0114
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The Spanish artist Salvador Dali was an innovative icon for the Surrealist movement. Dali was often called one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His work spoke proudly of himself, with excessive passion and the attention-grabbing colors. He portrayed avant-garde moments in his artwork that puzzled the minds of others. Just like his social behavior his work was eye-catching and bold. Salvador Dali paintings expressed life phases and time by using images of clocks, real life and erotic desire. Salvador Dali’s life and art were very closely related; both highly imaginative and unusual. Everything in his life was reflected in his art. All the major changes in his work and styles represented important turning points for him. When Dali was younger, he experimented with different styles. His early work wasn’t very impressive to his fellow critics, but he was very talented and dedicated to his artwork. Dali started using Surrealism as his main form of painting later on. One of the purposes of this kind of art was to mirror society and show what was wrong with it. For example, Dali wasn’t the friendliest to his fellow peers or aristocrats of his time, and in one of his surrealist paintings he showed an aristocrat with no face. You can depict all of his emotion in his work. It was also during Dali's surrealist period when he expressed many of his sexual ideas in his work. Some examples of these types of works would be The Apparatus and The Great Masturbater, and many other of Dali's paintings possessed sexual meaning. This was also a period in his life when he was very interested in psychology, which went hand in hand with Surrealism. To release the creative potential of his artworks, Dali (1974) noted “You know the worst thing is freedom. Freedom of any kind is the worst for creativity.” This is something he lived by to achieve his absolute best in his detailed nightmarish artworks. Surrealism was an important tool for Dali, using it so he could express his feelings, life phases, and the way he viewed society. One of his most popular artworks was The Persistence of…