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Dali, Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion


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Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion

Dali originally painted "Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion" in 1954.  This giant 44" by 32" (112 by 82 cm) reproduction will be hand painted in oil and is the same scale as the original.

Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Salvador Dali was born in the small agricultural town of Figueres, Spain. Figueres is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees, only sixteen miles from the French border in the principality of Catalonia. The son of a prosperous notary, Dali spent his boyhood in Figueres and at the family's summer home in the coastal fishing village of Cadaques where his parents built his first studio. As an adult, he made his home with his wife Gala in nearby Port Lligat. Many of his paintings reflect his love of this area of Spain.

Dali soon became a leader of the Surrealist Movement. His painting, "The Persistance of Memory", with the soft or melting watches is still one of the best-known surrealist works. But as the war approached, the apolitical Dali clashed with the Surrealists and was "expelled" from the surrealist group during a "trial" in 1934. He did however, exhibit works in international surrealist exhibitions throughout the decade but by 1940, Dali was moving into a new type of painting with a preoccupation with science and religion.

As Dali moved away from Surrealism and into his classic period, he began his series of 19 large canvases, many concerning scientific, historical or religious themes. Among the best known of these works are "The Hallucinogenic Toreador," and "The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus" in the museum's collection, and "The Sacrament of the Last Supper" in the collection of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

 Whether working from pure inspiration or on a commissioned illustration, Dali's matchless insight and symbolic complexity are apparent. Above all, Dali was a superb draftsman. His excellence as a creative artist will always set a standard for the art of the twentieth century.

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 24 June, 2015.

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