10 Most Famous Paintings by Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dali challenged society. Seeing the world from a unique angle, he depicted it in his art style. Revolutionary in his painting style, reinventing form definition, among other elements of art. This rebel genius left a huge mark on the art of the 20th century. The Spanish artist lived 85 years and gave us a thousand works of arts. Here are ten best paintings of Salvador Dali.

But wait, before we start wondering on drinking milk poured on eggshells. You should definitely also check out our post on top 10 most famous paintings by Vincent Van Gogh.

Metamorphosis of Narcissus

10 Most Famous Paintings by Salvador Dalí
Metamorphosis of Narcissus © Dalipaintings

In the “Metamorphosis of Narcissus” is depicted a beautiful legend. This story is about a young man, who saw his reflection in the water and fell in love with himself. He was so obsessed with the fact that there was no one thing in the universe more beautiful than him that he tripped on the lake’s reflection and drowned. But the gods felt sorry for him and turned him into a beautiful flower – the Narcissus flower.

Swans Reflecting Elephants

10 Most Famous Paintings by Salvador Dalí
Swans Reflecting Elephants © Pinterest

One of the most famous works of Salvador Dali. Looking at the painting in details, we see a play of imagination. The reincarnation of the graceful swans into elephants is not hidden or veiled. It is so apparent that it scares and wrinkles reality. This painting is currently in a private collection.

The Face of War

10 Most Famous Paintings by Salvador Dalí
The Face of War © metacolor

This is perhaps the only Dali painting without any puzzle. A terrifying skull, in the eyes and mouth of which there are the same skulls. Desert. Snakes. Gloomy, lifeless brown tones. The narrative is how senseless the wars on Earth are and what they lead to.

The Persistence of Memory

10 Most Famous Paintings by Salvador Dalí
The Persistence of Memory © Wikiart

One of the most famous paintings by Dali and considered of the best paintings of all time, “The Persistence of Memory,” also known as the passage of time. If we could step over the frame and find ourselves in the reality of Dali, the surrounding surrealism would not leave a single being indifferent. The depicted sea and rocks are a symbol of eternity.

Giraffe on Fire

10 Most Famous Paintings by Salvador Dalí
Giraffe on Fire © theartstack

Painted around the 1937, “Giraffe on Fire” is one of a series of paintings created by the artist called by the same name. Thick alarming twilight. Female figure with a bloodied face. And a burning giraffe. Artist tried to show the horror of war with this painting. This painting is currently at the Basel Art Museum.

Christ of St. John of the Cross

10 Most Famous Paintings by Salvador Dalí
Christ of St. John of the Cross © Flickr

Dali rebels against the usual symbolic images. Jesus appears before us as strong and beautiful, protecting us from the darkness. Without blood, pain, and suffering. At the bottom of the canvas, you can see a beautiful azure sky stretching over the quite water.

Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening

10 Most Famous Paintings by Salvador Dalí
Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening © museothyssen

Dali, fascinated by Freud’s “The Interpretation of Dreams,” created this unmatched masterpiece. The painting is a figment of the imagination of a sleeping Gala, who is about to wake up from a bee sting.

Soft Construction with Boiled Beans

10 Most Famous Paintings by Salvador Dalí
Soft Construction with Boiled Beans © Pinterest

Salvador Dali painted this in a difficult period of Spain. On the canvas, the artist splashes out emotions associated with the warning of Civil War. The image of a man mutilated beyond recognition and tearing himself apart is a symbol of the people of Spain, who divided into two camps.

The Great Masturbator

10 Most Famous Paintings by Salvador Dalí
The Great Masturbator © dalipaintings

This painting called “The Great Masturbator” is considered one of the top three paintings of Dali, very representative of Dali’s art style. The work depicts the depths of the subconscious of the artist and his contradictory attitude towards sex.

The Temptation of St. Anthony

10 Most Famous Paintings by Salvador Dalí
The Temptation of St. Anthony © thedaliuniverse

St. Anthony, who repents from impending temptations, as if he is being driven out of the picture by an unknown force. The image of strength and power is represented in a muscular white stallion, followed by a column of elephants carrying worldly temptations on their own. Elephants move on thin legs, which speaks of the fluctuation of temptations.

Salvador Dali is a rebel genius who left a huge mark on the art of the 20th century. Revolutionizing modern art for many years to come and what involved the question of “what does surrealism means.” Here we show you the 10 most famous paintings by Salvador Dalí.

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