Salvador Dali Analysis

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IRené François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist.
Born in Lessines, Belgium on November 21st, 1898.
Passed away August 15th, 1967 in Brussels, Belgium.
Mid 1920’s Magritte started to become known for his unique style of surrealism, over a period of time he was celebrated in a number of international exhibitions.
Experimented many styles of painting and was a primary influence on the pop art movement.
He would take ordinary objects and turn them into a humorous conception with new meanings.


Salvador Dalí was a Spanish artist and a surrealist icon.
Born and passed away in Figueres, Spain on May 11th, 1904 – January 23rd, 1989.
In the mid 1920’s
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The sky has been painted in a soft, pale blue which gives the effect of a nice day, from this it means the men are not raining from the sky like droplets but they are floating still in the air in a specific order; they are all evenly aligned but although he has painted the men the same the faces are all different. In both Criste and Magritte’s images they have used realistic colours and objects but placed them in unfamiliar ways to trick the mind and make us question.

‘Golconda 1953’

In the painting ‘The face of Mae West Salvador’, Dali demonstrates the technique of illusion to create a face. The idea of what is suppose to be room with curtains; steps; a chair; a table and pictures hung on the wall are giving the vision of a human face because of the way it is laid across the canvas.

‘The face of Mae West Salvador 1935’

Perpetuance of Vice by Criste is another masterpiece of illusion, the way he has painted the smoke in addition the repetition and placement of the other cigarettes create an image of a ladies profile smoking a cigarette. The bold background contrasts with the gentle white greyish shading of the smoke, the use negative space is also used which makes this extremely effective. In different ways both Dali’ and Criste’s paintings are portraying a face in a unusual manner both surreal, yet powerful.

‘Perpetuance of
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