Spanish artist and Surrealist icon Salvador Dal is perhaps best known for his painting of melting clocks, The Persistence of Memory.
Who Was Salvador Dal?
Salvador Dal was born on May 11, 1904, in Figueres, Spain. From an early age Dal was encouraged to practice his art, and he would eventually go on to study at an academy in Madrid. In the 1920s, he went to Paris and began interacting with artists such as Picasso, Magritte and Mir, which led to Dal's first Surrealist phase. He is perhaps best known for his 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory, showing melting clocks in a landscape setting. The rise of fascist leader Francisco Franco in Spain led to the artist's expulsion from the Surrealist movement, but that didn't stop him from painting. Dal died in Figueres in 1989.