Chester Decorative & Fine Arts Society

A Member Society of NADFAS

Persistent Memory: the Art of Salvador Dali

Lecturer: Dr Angela Smith

This lecture is essentially an overview of the work of Salvador Dali. We begin by considering the painter’s early life and influences and the variety of styles he tried before developing and settling on his own idiosyncratic style. Dali came late to Surrealism and was ousted by its controlling leader Andre Breton before too many years had passed. Nevertheless Dali is often regarded as the archetypal Surrealist. Using his paintings and writings we discuss this notion.