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Salvador Dali

Salvador Dalí was born in 1904 in Figueres, Spain, and is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Recognized primarily for his advocacy of Surrealism, but also noted for his theatrical persona and characteristic upturned moustache, Dalí was a prolific artist whose work often depicts dreamscapes and subconscious imagery. Perhaps his most famous work, The Persistence of Memory (made in 1931 and currently in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York), features melting clocks strewn across a desert landscape, and is in many ways archetypal of both the Surrealist movement and his oeuvre on a whole. Dalí died in 1989 at the age of 85, but his legacy lives on through his art; today, there are no less than four museums dedicated solely to his work in addition to his works inclusion in numerous prestigious private and public collections worldwide.