Flamboyant, also supported his artistry. He took his first

Flamboyant, mischievous, undeniable skills of artistry, and
a key factor of the surrealism movement. He was born May 11th, 1904 in Figueres
Catalonia, Spain. He enrolled in different art schools, where he experimented
with different types of art styles. He later travelled and made connections
with other artists which, in turn, sparked his interest in the psychoanalytic
methods of surrealism. Salvador Dali lived with his mother, father, brother,
and sister. They were a middle-class family in the small town of Figueres just
outside of Barcelona. His mother was very supportive of his artistic abilities
and encouraged it. His father was a lawyer and notary who also supported his
artistry. He took his first drawing class at the age of 10. His older brother
died of gastroenteritis when Dali was little. When Dali was 16, he lost his
mother to breast cancer. He described this as “the greatest blow I had
experienced in my life.” His father, who still encouraged his artistic
abilities, hosted a solo exhibition in their home of his charcoal drawings when
he was 19. He later was enrolled into the Madrid School of Fine Arts, where he
experimented with art styles such as impressionism and pointillism. In 1922,
Dali enrolled in the Special Painting, Sculpture, and Engraving School of San
Fernando in Madrid. This is when he discovered and embraced his  flamboyant and eccentric persona. He dressed
in the style of English aesthetes of the 19th century. Artistically, he dabbled
with many of the different art styles and continued to progress his artistic
skills. He made a lot of connections due to his interest and involvement in a
small group of artists whom which included filmmaker and Luis Bunuel and poet
Federico Garcia Lorca. The scene exposed Dali to many different styles and some
of the greatest minds of the time such as Einstein and Stravinsky. He was later
expelled from the San Fernando art school after he insulted his professor
during his final examination before graduation. After his days at San Fernando
were over, Dali took an enlightening trip to Paris where he met the famous
cubist artist Pablo Picasso. This spawned his interests in what the Cubists
were doing and this later moved onto an interest in the Futurists attempts to
recreate motion and show objects from all angels. After that, he began his
study of the psychoanalytic concepts of Freud, which created the surrealist
methods he is famous for. His first painting that showed these concepts of a
different reality, beautiful landscapes, and symbolic imagery was his piece
“Apparatus and Hand” (1927). With his new art style, he conjured the
unrealistic paintings of a dream-like state and pushed the idea that life is
the greatest form of art. His persistence to mine out his inner thoughts to the
core created the passion and purity of his surrealist imagery and spawned the
free-flowing ways of surrealism to its fullest. His groundbreaking legacy will
live forever, unforgotten, he was born an artist and died a legend. 


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