Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Dalí, Salvador

(1904-1989) Spanish painter who became the best-known advocate of Surrealism, though his actual work is generally thought inferior to that of Max Ernst or René Magritte. Some of his best paintings, most of which date from the 1930s, have become famous for their Trompe-L'Oeil literalization of Dream-imagery. His most famous single painting is probably "The Persistence of Memory" (1931), whose oozing soft watches almost seem to tell a profound Story about Time. SD's images have become Icons of the Fantastic, signposts (not maps) that point the way inward to that realm. [JC]

Salvador Domenech Felipe Jacinto Dalí


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