jeudi 13 mars 2014

Renowned Spanish Painters

By Adan Moya

Salvador Dali was a Spanish Catalan surrealist painter. He was born on May 11, 1904 in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. The Salvador Dali Paintings are best known for their striking, but bizarre images.

Among the Picasso paintings before 1900AD are The First Communion, which was a large composition depicting his sister Lola and Portrait of Aunt Pepa, a portrait painting hailed as one of the greatest in the history of Spanish painting. Both works exemplified the academic realism apparent in the works of Picasso in the mid 1890s.

This realism was enamoured with a Symbolist influence by 1897 as shown in Picasso paintings of a series of landscapes in non-naturalistic violet and green tones. Among his well renowned works are The Hallucinogenic Toreador and The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, which were already in the museum's collection and The Sacrament of the Last Supper which was in the National Gallery collection in Washington, D.C.

In The Face of War, one of a number of Salvador Dali paintings to come out in 1940-41, the obsession of Salvador with death is revealed. This obsession is represented in the face of war or in the seductive shape of female bodies.

During World War II, Dali and Gala escaped from Europe to the United States where they spend eight years from 1940 to 1948.

In one of his 1956 Salvador Dali paintings, Still Life Moving Fast, Salvador rendered a number of traditional still life objects perfectly in one work. These objects included shadows falling, according to the intent of nature, lights gleaming from a metal knife blade and light refracting from a glass bottle in a very realistic manner.

Another well known Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso, is considered one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. He is known as a co-founder of the Cubist movement, the inventor of constructing sculpture and a co-inventor of collage.

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