<ul><li>Salvador Dal í was a surrealist painter that was born on May 11, 1904 in Figueres,Catalonia, Spain. </li></ul><ul><li>He produced over 1,500 works of art in his lifetime. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Surrealism is a style of painting which features the element of surprise. </li></ul><ul><li>Surrealist art is often out of the ordinary, or surreal, hence the name ‘surrealism’. </li></ul>Slave Market with the Disappearing Bust of Voltaire. 1940 oil on canvas.
<ul><li>In Dal í’s work, the ant symbolizes death & decay, the snail is connected to the human head, the locust is a symbol of waste and fear, and the egg symbolizes love and hope. </li></ul>The Persistence of Memory. 1931 oil on canvas. (The symbolic ants make an appearance in this painting, swarming on the golden watch.)
<ul><li>Dal í ’s art was inspired by Pablo Picasso and Joan Mir ó. Dalí did a number of works inspired by Picasso and Miró. </li></ul><ul><li>Homage to Erik Satie. 1924. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Dal í developed his own surrealist technique in the early 1930s. </li></ul><ul><li>He described the paranoiac-critical method as a "spontaneous method of irrational knowledge based on the critical and systematic objectivity of the associations and interpretations of delirious phenomena." </li></ul>Suburbs of a Paranoiac-Critical Town: Afternoon on the Outskirts of European History. 1936.
<ul><li>Died of heart failure on January 23, 1989 at the age of 84 </li></ul><ul><li>His art is still remembered worldwide today and is displayed in various galleries </li></ul><ul><li>In honour of Dal í, a film called Little Ashes is being made, starring Robert Pattinson as Dalí and Javier Beltran as Dalí’s friend Lorca </li></ul>Little Ashes , set to be released in 2009. The title comes from one of Dali’s paintings, Cenicitas (Little Ashes.)