Top 5 Salvador Dali Paintings
People around the world know who Salvador Dali is, even if they are not big into art themselves. Many of his works of art are engraved into people’s minds through all kinds of ways. Of all his creations, let’s take a look at the top 5 Salvador Dali paintings.
Done in 1958. At a time where many artists, including Dali himself, were doing abstractive type art, Dali produced this. It is guessed that he may have been preparing for an artists exhibition in Spain at the time that was being put on by Andre Breton, a personal friend of his. This work was complemented by a manifesto that Dali published called “Anti-Matter” that Dali actually wrote that looked at science, DNA, and nuclear physics combined that was a belief popular at the time.
The Enigma of My Desire
This was done in 1929 and Dali considered this to be one of his ten most important paintings. This painting was the first work of his sold by the Goemans Gallery during his first one-man exhibition there in 1929. In it, Dali put a self-portrait in the picture as he is embracing his father while holding a fish, a grasshopper, a dagger, and a lion’s head. Although the images can be very religious to some, he is not trying to be outwardly religious of any denomination in any of the imagery in this painting.
Swans Reflecting Elephants
Painted in 1937, this painting is done with oils on canvas. This was one of Dali’s “Double Image” paintings, creating otherworldly images and as he explained: “spontaneous method of irrational understanding based upon the interpretative critical association of delirious phenomena.” He made many of these works that created visual illusions within the work itself.
The Temptation of St. Anthony
Done in 1946 and it is said that Dali did this painting while staying in a studio in New York for a couple of days. This was to be the only time Dali painted anything as part of a contest. The contest was put on by the Loew Lewin Company and the winning picture was to be featured in a movie about the story of “Bel Ami” by Maupassant. Surprisingly this picture didn’t win the contest, and the competition between 11 different artists was won by Max Ernst.
Persistence of Memory
Done in 1931, this is one of Dali’s most famous works. This surrealist painting represents that time losses all meaning in an unconscious world. The partial face in the middle of the painting with the watch resting on top of it is actually a partial self-portrait of Dali and the watches are said to represent the “camembert of time” as he put it. The whole painting is said to be influenced by the teachings of Sigmund Freud who Dali was studying at the time he was painting this. The painting itself only measures 9.5 x 13 inches, only about the size of a page from a notebook.