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Spanish painter, printmaker and sculptor Salvador Dalí was a leading figure in Surrealism in the 1930s and became one of the most significant, and notorious, artists of the twentieth century.

‘I have an extraordinary weapon available to me – mysticism, that is, the deep intuition of what is, the immediate communion with the whole, the absolute vision through the grace of truth, by divine grace.’


Best known for his images of melting watches in a dream world of sunlit landscapes, Dalí produced over 1,500 paintings and a total of more than 4,000 works of art, including sculptures, drawings, engravings, holograms, photographs and jewellery. Renowned for his surreal acts and flamboyant self-publicity, he wrote, ‘At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.’ Dalí’s influences range from cubism and Dada to the meticulous detail of nineteenth-century genre painting and earlier Old Masters.

‘Dalí was acutely aware of his times. He said to himself: Velázquez and Raphael – if they had lived in a nuclear age, what would they paint?’


Paysage de Port Lligat, 1958

Salvador Dalí

Painted in 1958, Paysage de Port Lligat depicts the small bay in Cadaqués that was visible from Salvador Dalí’s studio window. It belongs to a distinct group of works from the late 1950s in which Dalí painted the bay from different vantage points. Port Lligat, situated on the north-eastern coast of Spain close to the border of France is where Dalí and his wife

Still Life with a Tin Vase and Lilies, 1963

Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí’s Still Life with a Tin Vase and Lilies from 1963 is typical of the artist’s self-coined ‘Nuclear Mysticism’, a style which developed out of his interest in contemporary scientific developments, classicism and religion. Following his return from the United States in 1948, Dalí introduced evocative religious imagery to his paintings and drew greater inspiration from the Old Masters of Western art. Here, the white lilies

‘Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dalí.’