Salvador Dalí

20th Century Catalan Surrealist Artist
Born May 11, 1904

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol, known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Spain. Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931.… Read More

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1904 Birth Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech was born on 11 May 1904, at 8:45 am GMT, at the 1st floor of Carrer Monturiol, 20 (presently 6), in the town of Figueres, in the Empordà region, close to the French border in Catalonia, Spain. … Read More


1916 12 Years Old Dalí attended drawing school. In 1916, he also discovered modern painting on a summer vacation trip to Cadaqués with the family of Ramon Pichot, a local artist who made regular trips to Paris. … Read More
1919 15 Years Old He had his first public exhibition at the Municipal Theatre in Figueres in 1919, a site he would return to decades later.
1921 17 Years Old In February 1921, Dalí's mother died of breast cancer. … Read More
1922 18 Years Old In 1922, Dalí moved into the Residencia de Estudiantes (Students' Residence) in Madrid and studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. … Read More


1924 20 Years Old In 1924, the still-unknown Salvador Dalí illustrated a book for the first time. … Read More
1926 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Dalí was expelled from the Academy in 1926, shortly before his final exams when he was accused of starting an unrest.
1927 23 Years Old In theatre, Dalí constructed the scenery for Federico García Lorca's 1927 romantic play Mariana Pineda. … Read More
In 1929, Dalí collaborated with surrealist film director Luis Buñuel on the short film (An Andalusian Dog). … Read More


1934 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Dalí was introduced to the United States by art dealer Julien Levy in 1934. … Read More
In 1936, Dalí took part in the London International Surrealist Exhibition. … Read More
In 1938, Dalí met Sigmund Freud thanks to Stefan Zweig. … Read More
1939 35 Years Old 1 More Event
At the 1939 New York World's Fair, Dalí debuted his Dream of Venus surrealist pavilion, located in the Amusements Area of the exposition. … Read More
1940 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1940, as World War II tore through Europe, Dalí and Gala retreated to the United States, where they lived for eight years splitting their time between New York and Monterey, California. … Read More
1941 - 1942 2 More Events
1943 39 Years Old He wrote catalogs for his exhibitions, such as that at the Knoedler Gallery in New York in 1943. … Read More


1944 40 Years Old He also wrote a novel, published in 1944, about a fashion salon for automobiles. … Read More
1947 43 Years Old An Italian friar, Gabriele Maria Berardi, claimed to have performed an exorcism on Dalí while he was in France in 1947. … Read More
1948 44 Years Old In 1948 Dalí and Gala moved back into their house in Port Lligat, on the coast near Cadaqués. … Read More


1958 54 Years Old …  They later remarried in a Catholic ceremony in 1958. … Read More
1960 56 Years Old In 1960, Dalí began work on his Theatre and Museum in his home town of Figueres; it was his largest single project and a main focus of his energy through 1974, when it opened. … Read More
1962 58 Years Old Dalí continued to indulge in publicity stunts and self-consciously outrageous behavior. To promote his 1962 book The World of Salvador Dalí, he appeared in a Manhattan bookstore on a bed, wired up to a machine that traced his brain waves and blood pressure. … Read More


1965 61 Years Old There have been allegations that Dalí was forced by his guardians to sign blank canvases that would later, even after his death, be used in forgeries and sold as originals. It is also alleged that he knowingly sold otherwise-blank signed lithograph paper, possibly producing over 50,000 such sheets from 1965 until his death. … Read More
1968 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, Dalí filmed a humorous television advertisement for chocolates. … Read More
1980 - 1982 2 More Events
1983 79 Years Old 1 More Event
The title was in first instance hereditary, but on request of Dalí changed to life only in 1983. … Read More
1984 80 Years Old In 1984, a fire broke out in his bedroom under unclear circumstances. … Read More
1988 84 Years Old 1 More Event
In November 1988, Dalí entered the hospital with heart failure; a pacemaker had been implanted previously.
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