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Salvador Dali Museum The Salvador Dali museum was founded by Dali’s leading collectors, Reynolds and Eleanor Morse. They were not only friends of Dali but also private collectors of his work.
The couple stored the collection in their home for a long period of time, the even agreed to loan two hundred pieces to a “New York Dali retrospective” before finally deciding to give the collection a permanent home. Dali encouraged the couple to build a museum in New York, although they thought this was a wonderful idea they still kept searching. One of their goals for the collection was to preserve the collections historical integrity. When word reached St. Petersburg, attorney, James W. Martin worked quickly to persuade
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As Dali started to move into a new type of painting, with a focus on religion and science, his Surrealist years came to a close, and his classical period began. Dali proved through his artistic career that he was not limited to one style or media, and that he was an evolving artist. The Salvador Dali Museum is the home to paintings from every artistic period of Dali’s life. Dali began as a young artist; one of his first paintings is a landscape of the village of Cadaques, located on Spain’s northeastern coast. “View of Cadaques with Shadow of Mount Pani” is one from the oil collection, and has impressionist tones. The village of Cadaques was a prominent part of Dali’s life and work, the village can be noted in later pieces. Cadaques provided Dali with specific motifs for his art throughout his career; this helped to form his artistic development. Cadaques is a small fishing town, left untouched by the modern world; Dali’s family would spend time in the summer enjoying the light from the Mediterranean. The warm colors in this painting show the warmth of the town, the summer, of the Mediterranean. Dali had a rebellious personality and once shaved his head as an act of defiance in fear of “symbolic castration”. In his art work, he produced a series of paintings in which the image of the father dominated his subject matter. The image of the bureaucrat