Dalí, Salvador (1904-1989), Spanish painter, writer, and member of the Surrealist movement. He was born in Figueras, Catalonia, and educated at the School of Fine Arts, Madrid. Tip: please point on the stamps with the mouse index for supplementary information.

Spain, 1st of May 1988. The 29th Philatelic Exhibition in Figueras

     After 1929 he espoused Surrealism, although the leaders of the movement later denounced Dali as too commercial.  

Guyana, 1968. Christ of St. John on the Cross. Scott 54 Nicaragua, 1968. Christ of St. John on the Cross, Scott C654 Guyana, 1968. Christ of St. John on the Cross. Scott 55

     Dali's paintings from this period depict dream imagery and everyday objects in unexpected forms, such as the famous limp watches in The Persistence of Memory (1931, Museum of Modern Art, New York).

1969. The Last Supper, Scott 87 1969. The Last Supper, Scott 88 1969. The Last Supper, Scott 89 1969. The Last Supper, Scott 90

    Dalí moved to the United States in 1940, where he remained until 1948. His later paintings, often on religious themes, are more classical in style. They include Crucifixion (1954, Metropolitan Museum, New York) and The Sacrament of the Last Supper (1955, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.).

Spain, 1994. Galatea de las Esferas Dali, The Last Supper, 1955
Spain, 1994. Retrato de Gala. Scott 2766

      Dali's paintings are characterized by meticulous droughtsmanship and realistic details, with brilliant colors heightened by transparent glazes. 

1979. Head of Marianne. Scott 1628 Spain, 1994. Poesia de America United Nations, New York. Watercolor, Scott A232 Spain, 1994. Cesta del pan

    Dalí designed and produced Surrealist films, illustrated books, designed jewelry, and created theatrical sets and costumes. Among his writings are ballet scenarios and several books, including The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí (1942) and Diary of a Genius (1965). (Source: Microsoft Encarta, 1996).

Spain, 1994. Self portrait Spain, 1994. El Gran Masturbador Spain, 1994. El Enigma Sin Fin Spain, 1994. Port Alguer

     Background: The Phantom Gig, 1933. Private collection. 

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