A new art show, located at the Pompidou Center in Paris, is hoping to promote the highly eccentric Salvador Dalí as a Spanish 20th century Surrealist artist he was, instead of being labeled as “Avida Dollars” for his excessive love of money.
Running from November 21 to March 25, Dali’s exhibitions are typically known as extravaganzas of Parisian art. Instead of showing outrageous stunts that gave Dali his absurd money reputation, the new show is hoping to offer a new look at the artist’s genius creativity in the art of Surrealism.
"There's this vision we have of there being a good Dali, the Surrealist, and then the one who came after, who made money," said exhibition curator Jean-Michel Bouhours.
"We needed to go beyond this distinction between the good and the bad and show how the experimental Dali was extraordinarily important in the history of art and the artistic models that developed in the 60s and 70s."
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Salvador Dali did not start out being a Surrealist painter, even though he was considered a prodigy in art. Early on in life he was taught to paint in the Impressionist manner. At the age of six, he painted his first work of art.
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First painting by 6-year-old Salvador Dali, "Landscape near Figueras" (1910)
According to Wikipedia, "Landscape Near Figueras" (1910) is one of the earliest known works by Dalí, having been painted when he was about six years old.
This work was done during Dalí's first, "Developmental Period" which roughly lasted until 1928-1929. This period predates Surrealism and during this time he emulated and mastered existing styles of art, most notably the Baroque, Classical, Impressionistic, Cubist forms. Accordingly, the work exemplifies Dalí's early interest in impressionism.
According to Empty Easel, Dalí eventually entered the vibrant field of Surrealism. Like many other surrealist artists, he claimed he was inspired by dream sequences and visions within his subconscious.
By the mid-1900s, Surrealist art had developed into a popular art movement that considered surrealism "truer than life," created by avoiding the stifling fields of logic and reason --- a philosophy many artists believe today. In fact, Salvador Dalí has influenced artists over the century, spanning the whole of the 1900s, from 1904 until his death in 1989.
His [Salvador Dalí] paintings belong to the surrealist school of modern artwork. This school was vastly influential and helped popularize the psychological theories of the early 20th century. Its famous art probes the deepest and darkest recesses of our psyches. If you are interested in paintings that explore the profundity the human mind, consider purchasing a print of a surrealist painting by Salvador Dalí, according to Modern Art.
Salvador Dali's 1929 "The Great Masturbator," valued over $80 million.