b. 1904
- d. 1989
  • Spain
Turnover 2023
$USD 15.267.867
Record Sale
$USD 21.673.806

Salvador Dalí displayed artistic talent from an early age, and his journey through the realms of dreams, reality, and the subconscious began to take shape. Embracing the teachings of Surrealism’s forefather, André Breton, Dalí channeled his innermost thoughts, desires, and fears into a body of work that defied conventional artistic boundaries. 

Dalí’s early career was marked by his engagement with Cubism and Impressionism, but it was his association with the Surrealist movement that propelled him to artistic stardom. His paintings, imbued with dreamlike landscapes, distorted figures, and eerie symbolism, reflected the mysteries of the unconscious mind. From his iconic melting clocks in “The Persistence of Memory” to his haunting explorations of sexuality and mortality, Dalí’s works transcended reality, challenging viewers to question their perceptions and contemplate the depths of their psyches. 

Dalí’s personal life was as vivid and unconventional as his art. His extravagant persona, complete with a flamboyant mustache, outlandish attire, and eccentric behavior, turned him into a living artwork, blurring the line between life and art. He relished in his own celebrity and courted controversy, making himself a central figure in the cultural zeitgeist. His collaborations with filmmakers like Luis Buñuel and Alfred Hitchcock further solidified his influence beyond the canvas. Dalí’s ventures into sculpture, photography, and design showcased his boundless creativity, while his fascination with science, religion, and philosophy added layers of intellectual depth to his work. As an artist who embraced both the classical and the avant-garde, he merged Renaissance techniques with surrealist concepts, creating a truly distinctive style. The latter part of Dalí’s career saw his exploration of religious themes, which evolved into his own version of mysticism. 

He returned to Catalonia, his birthplace, and worked on ambitious projects, like the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, where he designed not only the artwork but also the space itself. Salvador Dalí’s passing in 1989 marked the end of an era, but his legacy lives on. His ability to challenge artistic norms, his unrelenting pursuit of self-expression, and his audacious blend of reality and dreams continue to inspire contemporary artists and thinkers. Dalí’s name remains synonymous with the surreal, a testament to his enduring impact on shaping the boundaries of artistic exploration and our understanding of the human psyche.


Record Sale

Salvador DALI (1904-1989)
Portrait de Paul Eluard (1929)

33 x 25 cm

London, United Kingdom
Looking Closely
10 feb 2011

Lot # 7
Hammer price: $ 19,292,400
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 21,673,806
Estimate: $ 5,626,950 – $ 8,038,500

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