The Shameful Life of Salvador Dali by Ian GibsonDrawing on extensive original research and recently discovered sources, Ian Gibson presents a daringly original portrait of one of this centurys most celebrated—and infamous—artists. He provides a full narrative of Dalis life as artist and as uninhibited exhibitionist, from his wild and troubled youth through his often rollickingly funny adventures in Paris, New York, and Hollywood to his poignant last years. Here is Dali fully revealed through his voluminous correspondence; his novel, poems, and essays; and interviews with some of those closest to him. The Shameful Life of Salvador Dali reexamines the roles of the two most important individuals in the artists life: the Spanish playwright and author Federico Garcia Lorca and the enigmatic, libidinous Gala, the Russian emigre whose marriage Dali broke up and with whom he subsequently lived in unconsummated bliss and terror. This is a truly incandescent life of the surrealist artist who caught the imagination of the twentieth century.
Biography of Salvador Dali, Surrealist Artist
Arguably, his most famous painting is The Persistence of Memory , depicting limp melting watches. He depicted a dream world in which commonplace objects are juxtaposed , deformed, or otherwise metamorphosed in a bizarre and irrational fashion. Perhaps the most famous of those enigmatic images is The Persistence of Memory , in which limp melting watches rest in an eerily calm landscape. His ambivalent political views during the rise of fascism alienated his Surrealist colleagues, and he was eventually expelled from the group. Thereafter, he spent much of his time designing theatre sets, interiors of fashionable shops, and jewelry as well as exhibiting his genius for flamboyant self-promotional stunts in the United States , where he lived from to Article Media. Info Print Cite.
The Spanish painter Salvador Dali was one of the best-known surrealist artists artists who seek to express the contents of the unconscious mind. Blessed with an enormous talent for drawing, he painted his dreams and bizarre moods in a precise way. Salvador Dali was born on May 11, , near Barcelona, Spain. His father was a notary one who witnesses the signing of important documents. According to Dali's autobiography the story of his own life , his childhood was filled with fits of anger against his parents and classmates and he received cruel treatment from them in response.
He claimed that he bit the head off a bat when he was five and that he was drawn to — but cured of — necrophilia. His mother had been a designer of decorative fans and boxes. She entertained the child with creative activities such as molding figurines out of candles. In , he enrolled in the Royal Academy of Art in Madrid. During this time, he dressed as a dandy and developed the flamboyant mannerisms that brought him fame in later life. Faced with an oral exam in art history, he announced, "I am infinitely more intelligent than these three professors, and I therefore refuse to be examined by them.