In his 1954 painting, “The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory,” Salvador Dali symbolically breaks down his famous “The Persistence of Memory” to represent the consequences of an atomic bomb. An artist who was strongly influenced by Freud, Dali (1904 – 1989) believed logic had failed humanity and turned to dreams and the subconscious to overcome the restrictions of reason. Easily recognizable by his unique blend of realism and bold, disturbingly dreamlike fantasy, Dali has become virtually synonymous with Surrealism.
Flamboyant and groundbreaking Spanish artist Salvador Dali is considered one of the 20th century’s greatest artists. An icon of the Surrealist movement his blend of eccentric perspectives and controversial influences resulted in wildly imaginative, unforgettable dreamscapes that are uniquely Dali. Inspired by Freud, Dali accessed his subconscious to create more intense artistic expression. Creatively prolific, he produced 1,500 paintings, along with sculptures, drawings, films, clothing and jewelry.