Metamorphoses of Narcissus, 1937

Metamorphoses of Narcissus (1937)
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Not just one painting …

Read more about the work of Salvador Dalí.

It’s simply not possible to point out what the best or most beautiful painting of an artist is. It’s most certainly so when it comes to the work of Salvador Dali.

Salvador Dalí

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marquis of Dalí de Púbol (1904-1989) was a surrealist artist from Catalan ethnicity. He is considered one of the most important Spanish artists of the Twentieth Century.

His work leans on symbolism. There are so many details in his work that are striking. Recurring elements in his work were elephants, clocks and the love of his life – Gala Dalí, Marquis of Dalí de Púbol (1894 – 1982).

The egg also played an important role in his work. He used this as a symbol for birth, hope and love. 

Gallarina (1944)
Gallarina (1944)
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There is not just one painting of Salvador Dalí that is the most beautiful or important one. Unfortunately, that is no different when it comes to other artists. There are, however, differences in the work he made over the years. During his life you can divide his creativity into four different periods:


  1. The early period – 1917 – 1927
    Landscapes were one of the main subjects of the artist. Mostly of the surroundings of the French town of Cadaqués. The landscape of Cap de Creus made a great impression. His early work was greatly inspired by the rough landscapes. In this period he was also greatly inspired by expressionism, impressionism and cubism.
  2. The transition period – 1927 – 1928
    Experimenting was the keyword in this period. Some serious experiments would lead to paintings with different textures and different kinds of paint. Dalí also used other materials, like sand or stones.
  3. Surrealism / Surrealistic period – 1929 – 1940
    This is the period that brought forward some of Dalí’s most famous paintings. Subconscious and dreams played an important role during this period. With his paintings, he wanted to cross the boundaries of reason. At this time he was driven by the ideology of Sigmund Freud. The artist began to conquer his fears and phantasies.
  4. The classic period – 1941 – 1989
    In 1941, Dalí broke with his surrealistic style of painting. He turned towards the famous painters of the Renaissance. He was fascinated by religion and modern science. During this period he would develop the logo of Chupa Chups.
Chupa Chups
The design made by Salvador Dalí (1969)
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The work of Dalí can be found in musea all over the world. In Spain, three locations offer the chance to see the magnificent works of Dalí: Figueres, Púbol and Port Lligat. In neighbouring country France, the work of the artist can be found in Paris. Many of his painting made their way to the United States.

The legacy of Salvador Dalí consists of many creative outbursts. It’s impossible to point out the best work. Not when it comes to painting. Not when it comes to his other creations.


Unfortunately, there is much to do about the copyright of the work made by Dalí. Especially when it concerns the digital sharing of his work. It isn’t a simple matter of sharing. Therefore, you can be disappointed about the fact that not much of the work of this Spanish artist is included in this article. 

Metamorphoses of Narcissus, 1937
Metamorphoses of Narcissus (1937)
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Sakvadir Dalí
Salvador Dalí in 1939.
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