Salvador Dalí

Spanish

1904, Figueres, Spain
1989, Figueres, Spain

Biography

Salvador Dalí is as memorable for his eccentric, theatrical persona as for his innovative paintings.

A native of Catalonia, in the late 1920s Dalí joined the Parisian circle of Surrealist writers and artists, but was later expelled for political differences. He did, however, share their interest in artistically mining the unconscious, as theorized by Freudian psychoanalysis.

Dalí's meticulously crafted canvases sought to transcribe dreams and half-remembered childhood traumas. Frank but ambiguous sexual imagery is placed in the dusty Spanish landscape and often juxtaposed with figures from Old Master paintings and the mass media.

After a stint in the U.S., Dalí returned to Spain and lived there from 1949 until his death. His later works include experiments in film, holograms, and commercial graphic design, as well as devout but nontraditional Catholic imagery.


Please note that artwork locations are subject to change, and not all works are on view at all times. If you are planning a visit to SFMOMA to see a specific work of art, we suggest you contact us at collections@sfmoma.org to confirm it will be on view.

Only a portion of SFMOMA's collection is currently online, and the information presented here is subject to revision. Please contact us at collections@sfmoma.org to verify collection holdings and artwork information.

This resource is for educational use and its contents may not be reproduced without permission. Please review our Terms of Use for more information.