Paintings by Salvador Dalí

Famous paintings by Salvador Dalí


Landscape Near Figueras

Year: 1910
Dimensions: 14x9 cm
Material: Oil on cardboard
Movement: Impressionism
Current location: Private collection of Albert Field, Astoria, Queens, New York

About the painting: Salvador Dalí painted this beautiful little landscape over a postcard when he was six years old. Parts of the motive on the postcard shines through the paint. Dalí was in his impressionist period at the time and the painting depicts a view near Figueras, Dalí's hometown. In the years to come he developed as a painter and in his early twenties he mastered the skill of depicting objects in a completely realistic manner. During his years at the Academy his style changed toward cubism and surrealism.

The Persistence of Memory

Year: 1931
Dimensions: 24x33 cm
Material: Oil on canvas
Movement: Surrealism
Current location: Museum of Modern Art, New York City

About the painting: This is the best known of the paintings by Salvador Dalí. After entertaining guests in the evening, Dalí sat at the table looking upon the soft, half melted Camembert cheese. Suddenly the idea of melting watches came to him and he immediately got to work. During this time i Dalí's life he was influenced by Freud, and dream analysis was an active ingredient in Dalí's paintings. He was also impressed by Einstein's conclusion that time is relative and not rigid.

Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee

Year: 1944
Dimensions: 51x40.5 cm
Material: Oil on canvas
Movement: Surrealism
Current location: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

About the painting: The complete title of this painting is Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening. Salvador Dalí painted it when he was living with Gala in America. This was the first time Dalí used the image of an elephant; he would return to this motive several times. It was a sculpture by Bernini that had inspired him. Dalí's painting is full of symbolism. Gala, Dalí's wife, is just about to wake up from a dream provoked by the sound of a bee. The real possibility that the bee will sting her brings about a series of events in the dream, and they end abruptly when the bee sting transforms into a violent act inflicted upon her, and she wakes up. Dream analysis was of great significance to Dalí.


Year: 1954
Dimensions: 194.5x124 cm
Material: Oil on canvas
Movement: Surrealism
Current location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

About the painting: Crucifixion or Corpus Hypercubus is a work from Salvador Dalí's scientific period; Dalí was very interested in mathematics and physics. The image shows an unfolded hypercube (which is a generalisation of a cube to four dimensions) upon which Jesus is crucified. The woman in the picture is Dalí's wife Gala. In the background one can see Port Lligat, a village in Catalonia where Salvador Dalí used to live.

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