Visual & Decorative Arts Blog

Top 10 Paintings | 'The Persistence of Memory' by Salvador Dalí

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Salvador Dalí was the most complex and possibly most controversial artist of the twentieth century. Although his popularity with the public at large has never been in question, the attitude of the art world towards this giant of twentieth-century art has often been more ambivalent. The 1930s are referred to as Dalí's Surrealist period and it was during this decade that he created many of his best-known works. This includes his iconic The Persistence of Memory (1931).

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Topics: surrealism, salvador dali

Infographic | Salvador Dalí

Posted by Maria Tissot

Links:

  • You can see the other titles in this series, including Monet and Van Gogh, on our website
  • If you would like to know more about Dalí, you can read why we think he is one of the world's best painters here.
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Topics: surrealism, salvador dali

Top 10 Painters | Salvador Dalí

Posted by Josie Mitchell

Salvador Dalí (1904–89) was the most complex and possibly the most controversial artist of the twentieth century. Although his popularity with the public at large has never been in question, the attitude of the art world towards this giant of twentieth-century art has often been much more ambivalent. Reasons for this apparent mismatch between public and academic reactions to Dalí’s work can be traced to the artist’s life and the huge body of work that his prodigious creativity and boundless energy produced.

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Topics: modern art, surrealism, salvador dali

Top 10 Painters | Pablo Picasso

Posted by Josie Mitchell

Few would dispute Pablo Picasso’s (1881–1973) reputation as one of the pre-eminent artists of the twentieth century. Indeed, the thousands of drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics that remain to us are a testament to the sheer scope of his visual imagination and his capacity for artistic innovation – so much so that it seems almost inconceivable that this could be the product of a single individual and a single lifetime.

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Topics: surrealism, Picasso, Cubism

Art Movements | Surrealism | Development from Dada

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Surrealism was primarily a literary movement, dominated by writers and poets, and the definitions of its manifestos were intended to apply to writing more than to painting. The term was first used by the poet Apollinaire in 1917 to suggest a heightened sense of realism, but in Paris in the mid-1920s it came to designate a new art movement, whose influence was widespread and lasting. 

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Topics: modern art, art movements, surrealism

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