The Surreal Life of Salvador Dali

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My journey began on May 11, 1904. I was born in a small town just located outside of Barcelona; it was called Figueres in the country of Spain. I was born into a middle-class family, my father Salvador Rafael Aniceto Dali was a lawyer and notary.

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My mother Felipa was the person who got me interested in art, she passed away when I was 16 of breast cancer. My sister Anna Maria was three years younger than I was. I would have had an older brother, his name was Salvador also, but at 9 months old he passed away due to gastroenteritis. My mother and my father took me to my brother grave site when I was just 5 years old and they told me that I was the reincarnation of him (“Salvador Dal?­ Overview and Analysis”) (Russell “Salvador Dali, Pioneer Surrealist, Dies at 84” 1989)

I found the surroundings of my childhood very inspiring, which helped me with my artwork later on in life. My father and my mother pushed me to be a great artist; I even had my first drawing lesson at 10 years old. My father realized I was not ready for public school yet so he enrolled me in the Hispano-French School of the Immaculate Conception, this is where I learned French. (“Timeline”) A few years later I was enrolled at the Madrid School of Fine Arts, where I learned impressionism and pointillism. In 1922 I was on my way to San Fernando in Madrid, I enrolled at the Special Painting, Sculpture and Engraving School. Unfortunately I was expelled from the academy in 1926 because I insulted one of my professors during his final examination, and it was right before graduation. (“Salvador Dal?­ Overview and Analysis”)

This led to another life changing moment in my life. After I got expelled from school I took a trip up to Paris. While I was there I visited the legendary Pablo Picasso in his art studio and found inspiration about the Cubists. I began studying more about Freud and the psychoanalytic concepts of surrealism; this method mines the subconscious mind to generate imagery. In 1927 I explored more in the surrealism, interpreting reality, and altering perception. This led to my first serious work of style; it had a dreamlike image and the landscape was symbolic. I called it, Apparatus and Hand. (“Salvador Dal?­ Overview and Analysis”)

In 1929 I met the love of my life Gala, who was 10 years older than me. She was still currently married to Paul Eluard at the time, they had one child together. We would end up having a civil marriage in 1934, and in 1958 have an actual marriage (Stanska “Dali And Gala – The Love Story”) (“Salvador Dal?­ i Dom??nech”) .

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