Salvador Dali

1904-1989

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Quote, price and estimation of the artist Salvador Dali

Price of a painting: 140-5,760,000 €.

Estimation of a drawing: 120-1.000.000 €.

Estimation of a print: 10-9.800 €.

Estimate of a sculpture: 40-73.380 €.

Estimation of a ceramic: 40-3.800

Estimation of a tapestry: 190-3.000 €.

Estimation of a photograph: 100-10.500 €.

Estimation of a lamp: 650-230.000 €.

Price of a piece of furniture: 3.000-456.300 €.

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The youth of Salvador Dali

Both a painter and a writer, Salvador Dali is one of the most important figures of the Surrealist movement. He was born on 11 May 1904 and died on 23 January 1989 in Figueras, Catalonia.

In 1916, he discovered Impressionist painting in Cadaques with Ramon Pichot, a local artist who regularly travelled to Paris. At the age of only 14, Dali took part in a group exhibition in his hometown where several of his works were noticed by critics.

In 1922, the artist moved to Madrid and entered the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in San Fernando. He distinguished himself from his fellow students by adopting a revisited cubist style and took a keen interest in psychoanalysis.

Salvador Dali and Surrealism

In 1927 Dali travelled to Paris for the first time. There he met Picasso, with whom he would maintain a lifelong relationship of admiration mixed with rivalry. Two years later, René Magritte and Paul Eluard came to visit Dali in Cadaques. The painter soon joined the group of surrealists in Paris, including André Breton, Man Ray, Tristan Tzara and Hans Arp. It was there that he fell in love with Paul Eluard’s wife, Helena, nicknamed Gala, who he went on to marry in 1934.

Dali became an important point of reference for the group. According to his comrades, he managed to reach a certain subconscious that allowed him to create innovative artistic works. This method is called the “paranoid-critical method”, to which André Breton pays homage in his writings.

Because of his slightly over-eccentric behaviour, Dali was excluded from the group of surrealists who he continued to collaborate with. In 1933, the artist was exhibited in New York by his art dealer and soon made the trip across the Atlantic. There he was triumphantly successful and the Americans nicknamed him “Mr. Surrealism”.

Salvador Dali, a multi-faceted artist

When war broke out in 1939, the couple moved to New York for eight years. Salvador rubbed shoulders with New York’s high society and painted portraits of the rich and famous. He participated in decorating many theatres and his interest in cinema grew. A retrospective of his work was organised at the Museum of Modern Art in 1941.

Dali was interested in scientific developments, DNA and nuclear physics, which he managed to incorporate into his paintings. He did not confine himself to classical painting and experimented with new processes such as projection painting or holographic painting, which allowed him to create works in four dimensions.

In 1960, Dali began working on what would be his theatre-museum in his home town of Figueras. He designed some of the architectural elements himself, giving guidelines for the rest, and completed the ceiling paintings himself.

Deprived of his artistic abilities by Parkinson’s disease at the age of 76, Dali received the title of marquis from the King of Spain shortly afterwards.

Recognising Salvador Dali’s signature

Like many artists, Dali did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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