Dali Theatre Museum, Figureres, Spain

“A true painter is one who can paint extraordinary scenes in the middle of an empty desert. A true painter is one who can patiently paint a pear in the midst of the tumults of history.” Salvador Dalí.

Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989) was a prominent Spanish Catalan surrealist artist born and died in Figueres, Spain.  The Dali Theatre Museum in Figureres, Spain is regarded as ‘The world’s largest surrealist object’.  The museum was designed by the artist himself.  It hosts some 1,500 works of art: paintings, drawings, sculptures, engravings, installations, holograms, stereoscopes, photography, etc.  A separate Jewels Museum is nearby.  The exhibition covers his entire career.  The collection shows many facets of Dali’s talents.  It also tracks his progression and influences by other artists.  What struck me the most was his masterful craftsmanship and influence he drew from other masters.

Immediately passing the main courtyard with huge surrealist sculptures, there was a large number of prints.  They showed strong influence from Hieronymus Bosch.  My first reaction was how little this was mentioned in books or other documentary materials.  But on the second thought, I was not too surprised the possible linkage.  In fact, Dali had famously said one needed to learn and master skills from old masters before one could develop his own.   These are some images I took at the Dail Theatre Museum.

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There were evidences of other influences too, very noticeably, Matisse and Picasso.

Satirical Composition (1923) inspired by The Dance of Matisse. http://www.salvador-dali.org/media/upload/gif/cache/i0015_800.jpg

Venus and Sailor (1925) oil on canvas on broad. http://www.salvador-dali.org/media/upload/gif/cache/i0183_480.jpg It looks like something from Picasso’s classical period.

I also found Dali’s drawings inspirational.  Some are exquisite and elegant.  Some are expressive and experimentational.  Below are some images I took.  I don’t think I have done them justice but give an general impression of them.

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There was such vast collection.  It is impossible to mention everything but I must not ignore the large collection of drawings and paintings of figures formed by rocks.  They were out of the world and out of mind.

Sleeping Woman and Stars (1975) oil on canvas http://www.salvador-dali.org/media/upload/gif/cache/i9168_800.jpg

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