11th May 1904 – Salvador Dali was born

On 11th May 1904 Salvador Dali was born. He would go on to become a leading member of the surrealist movement and one of the most famous modern artists of all time.

He is best known for his surreal paintings and sculptures such as The Persistence of Memory (the melting clocks) and the lobster phone. Much of his works looks at psychology and the existential nature of human existence.

The surrealist movement was born out of the later stages of the Dada movement of the early 20th century and went on to form its own distinctive style that set it very much apart from any art that had come before it and went to on to inspire many other future artists such as Meret Oppenheim.

Dali famously said: ‘ I don’t do drugs, I am drugs’ – which begs the question had he taken so many drugs that some amount of his body  had synthesised into drugs. It was more likely just a metaphor but you never know ey?


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