Savador Dali
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1. Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí I Domenech was born at 8:45 on the morning of May 11,

A) 1920
B) 1895
C) 1945
D) 1904


2. He was born and lived in Figueras, a town in

A) Cataluña, Spain (N. East)
B) Malaga, Spain (South
C) Madrid, Spain (Center)
D) Pais Vasco, Spain (N. West)

3. His parents built him his first studio.  His father was a wealthy:

A) art dealer
B) doctor
C) notary (lawyer)
D) wine merchant

4. The young Dalí attended the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid.  In 1925, when he was 21...

A) he has his first one man show in Madrid
B) he left to study in the United States
C) he was drafted in the army
D) he became crippled

The following year, Dalí held his first one-man show in Paris. He also joined the surrealists, led by former Dadaist Andre Breton.  At that time he met Gala who became Dalí's lover, muse, business manager, and chief inspiration.

5. Who was Gala married to at the time?

A) André Breton, the French writer
B) Joan Miró, the Spanish painter
C) Paul Eluard, the French poet
D) Jackson Pollock,the American painter

6. Dali's most famous surrealist painting is called:
The Persistance of Memory.  In this painting you can see.

A) elephants reflected in a pool of water
B) a girafe with drawers all the way up her neck
C) watches melting down
D)three busts: one old, one  adolescent and one an infant.

 Surrealism, a movement which André Breton was credited to be the "founder" in 1924, is the belief that logic had failed humankind, so one must turn to the unconscious and dreams¹.
7. Which author's ideas influenced this movement ?

A) Jean Piaget
B) Albert Camus
C) Voltaire
D) Sigmond Freud

8.In 1934, Dali broke away from the Surrealist group in Paris because of political disagreements.  He left Paris and lived between 1940 and 1948 in....

A)  the USA
B)  Spain
C)  Argentina
D)  Mexico

9. Dali returned to Spain where he died 7 years after his wife in ...

A) 1969
B)  2000
C) 1950
D) 1989

10. Dali's work is divided into periods.  How many were there?

A) 4
B) 3
C) 2
D) 1

See many Surrealist paintings on  the Met web site:

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¹Information on Dali  is from the Dali Museum Web Site:
The Dali Museum
Dalí's four major periods - Early (1917-1927), Transitional (1928), Surreal (1929-1939), and Classic (1940-1970s).