Salvador Dali.

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Salvador Dali is one of the most universally famous artists of the 20th centaury. Dali was born in Figueras in Spain on the 11th of May 1904. Dali was a difficult child but he was also very talented and in 1921 he went to The School Of Fine Arts in Madrid. After a while Dali began to think that he was better than the rest of the pupils attending The School Of Fine Arts and that he wasn't getting a good enough education, and so he started making trouble around the school. One day though when he arranged a riot he had gone to far, the headmaster phoned the police and Dali was expelled.

In 1929 Dali officially joined "The Paris Surrealists," when he met Dr Sigmund Freud who influenced many of Dali's paintings. Dali did marry, to a lady called Gala who he loved very much but they never had any children.

In 1989 Dali died at the age of 85.

This is one of Dali's most famous surrealist paintings (or as he called them "hand painted dream photos.") It is called The Persistence Of Memory and I think it is supposed to be the life cycle. The first part standing for birth with an egg, the cliffs and sunshine. The second part standing for middle age with what looks like a melted human head (which could be a portrait of Dali himself) and a clock over it, to show how sometimes time can go by really fast and other times it seems so slow. The third part would then stand for death with ants eating away at the clock, what looks a coffin, an old mouldy egg two more melted clocks, but if you look at the small tree the branch almost looks like a finger pointing...