Visit the Origins of Salvador Dali Painting

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To better understand Salvador Dali painting style and meaning, we recommend a visit to the Dali Museum. Don't miss a visit to the largest collection of his work in the Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain. While this artist spanned many different genres including sculpture, film, and even jewelry making, he is most well-known for his paintings. In particular, the Salvador Dali painting The Persistence of Memory (1931) is a work that is incredibly famous around the world.

Salvador Dali painting - The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, 1959

The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, 1959

Visiting the Salvador Dali Museum

Dali created more than 4000 paintings as well as illustrations, drawings, designs, posters, sculptures, and photographs. The Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain, holds more than 1500 pieces.

Dali was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. While he often showcased outlandish works, at the same time, he had great technical mastery. In fact, he received a classical education in painting, as he had been trained to paint like ancient masters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt.

Salvador Dali Museum, Figueres and Cadaques Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona


Salvador Dali painting - Swans Reflecting Elephants, 1937

Swans Reflecting Elephants, 1937

See Figueres and Much More

If you are seeking to visit the Salvador Dali art gallery in Figueres, we offer a one-day trip available at a very convenient price. This trip is perfect for tourists visiting Barcelona who want easy transportation and a tour of the Salvador Dali Museum. You can see Northern Spain without renting a car!

This Dali tour will take you to Figueres where the Salvador Dali Museum is located. You will gain free admission and even be able to skip the long lines! The tour will also take you to Girona.

You will get a flavor for parts of Spain outside of Barcelona. You will also understand far more about Dali painting and what makes it so famous around the world.

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Salvador Dali painting - "Honey is Sweeter than Blood", Dali's first surrealist work, 1926

"Honey is Sweeter than Blood," Dali's first surrealist work, 1926

What is Salvador Dali Surrealism?

Dali is associated with the surrealist movement due to his creation of images that tend to have bizarre and often dreamlike elements. Many of his paintings are difficult to interpret. Often in his work, we see a "Dalinian landscape," which is a barren piece of land. Of course, on this barren plane, strange and mysterious things tend to appear. Sometimes Dali himself gave out inaccurate interpretations and this further added to the mystique.

When he was in school at the Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid in 1922, he was profoundly influenced by various styles of art including cubism and the Dada philosophy. Later, Dali visited Paris and met other artists like Picasso, Miro and Magritte. He was also a reader of theories by Sigmund Freud, and this also contributed to his ideas. These experience in aggregate helped shape his unique surrealist visions. His work is based on both his dreams as well as his subconscious.

If you want to see more Salvador Dali Surrealism, be sure to check out the films L'Age d'Or and Un Chien Andalou. These intriguing films showcase Dali's collaboration with Luis Buñuel. They take Salvador Dali art to the next level.

According to some experts, the first example of Salvador Dali surrealism was the painting Honey is Sweeter than Blood from 1926. Some of the other most famous works of Salvador Dali include Apparition of a Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach, The Great Masturbator, Swans Reflecting Elephants, Autumn Cannibalism and Soft Watch at Moment of First Explosion.

Salvador Dali painting - Crucifixion (hypercube), 1954

Crucifixion (hypercube), 1954

The Nuclear Mysticism Period and Beyond

Starting in the 1950's, Dali painting entered a period some experts have referred to as "Nuclear Mysticism." You can see an influence not only by physics and mathematics but also by religion. During this time, he painted Crucifixion and Sacrament of the Last Supper.

The next phase of Dali painting included works on large pieces of canvas. During this time he produced The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus and Tuna Fishing.

The last Dali painting was finished in 1983. Unfortunately, by that time, he had lost control in his hands and so the work is less realistic.

Salvador Dali painting - Salvador Dali and his mustache, 1972

Salvador Dali and his mustache, 1972

Dali's Captivating Persona

The artist himself cultivated a striking and attention-grabbing personal appearance as well, as he was known for his often wild clothes and signature mustache. Many people don't realize that the mustache was an homage to a 17th-century painter from Spain called Diego Velazquez.

Plus, he often engaged in strange behavior that people didn't know what to make of, yet they found it quite intriguing at the same time.