Salvador Dali is one of the most famous painters to ever live, mostly due to the fact that his surrealist paintings are completely out of this world and something different form what you would normally see anywhere else. His paintings are unique and original and are items that you simply would never find in any other location and jump out at you. Of course, throughout the course of his career he did paint hundreds of different works of art, but there are some that are more famous than others. While any list of the most famous Salvador Dali artworks are going to be up to some interpretation, you are more likely going to find that the majority of these paintings are ones you would agree with and do deserve a place amongst the top listed paintings in the world.
10. Landscape Near Figueras
This painting makes the list because it is completely different form most other Salvador Dali paintings that you would find. It doesn’t incorporate the same kind of surrealist style that you are going to find in his other works. Additionally, this painting is rather small, as he did it over a post card. It also shows his ability to paint, as he produced the work of art when he was six. While not the most incredible work of art, it does showcase his future talent and how he would eventually evolve into the greatest surrealist painter to ever live.
9. Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee
This truly showcases the rather odd styling of Dali and why he is some prominent and popular. It completely turns over the food chain, as it shows a female, sleeping nude and resting on a sheet of ice as two tigers are jumping at her, ready to pounce. However, the tigers are being swallowed up by a fish, which in turn is being consumed by a pomegranate. All of this is taking place as an elephant on stilts is walking in the background and another piece of ice is attached to its back. This showcases not only his rather odd style, but also the complexity of dreams, as just about anything can happen and the mind is likely to wander to just about anywhere, without necessarily making any sense at the same time.
Dali did this towards the end of his career and it truly shows the evolution of his style. As most great painters did, at least at some point in their careers, he took towards painting Jesus on the cross. However, he utilized something truly different than what is normally found on the traditional crucifixion pieces. As Dali always enjoyed science, physics and math, the cross is more of a 3D shape, and Jesus is floating off of the top of it. It still showcases a complex surrealist look to it, but the painting is something different than all other crucifixion paintings.
7. Still Life Moving
Dali took the traditional still life and gave it a bit of edge here, as he painted all of the items usually in a still life, only this time floating and moving in the air. It drastically uses his common surrealist style with random objects floating throughout the space of the painting, and while there is some movement in it, there really is no actual flow to the painting.
6. Apparition of Face and Fruit – Dish on a Beach
This painting is full of hidden objects. It is rather surreal as the face subject in the middle is also a pot holding up fruit, yet around the pot on the beach there are all sorts of different scents taking place. For someone who enjoys complex works of art where there is always something new to see and explore, this is the painting to check out.
5. The Face of War
War has a way of influencing all artists, whether they are musicians or painters, story tellers or dancers, there is always a story to tell with war. That holds true with The Face of War. Here, there is a hairless face in the middle of a desert, but instead of eyes there is another face in each of the sockets with their mouths open, and the same in the mouth. Then, each eye socket of the smaller face has another face inside of it and it continues on and on from there.
4. Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man
Dali is always all about symbolism. Here, it shows a man essentially breaking from the earth’s egg as a new man. This individual is breaking directly out of North America. There is all sorts of symbolism in this painting as well, especially with not only the figures in the foreground, but the random individual in the back, along with the architecture along the side.
3. The Invisible Man
During Dali’s early days is when he started to truly stand out as a surrealist painting. His 1929 work showcases exactly this, as it essentially shows an individual disappearing into the background. It also shows, in his familiar style, all sorts of different things going on, especially with the human form.
2. Millet’s Architectonic Angelus
This is a bit of a self portrait, and while it has two giant white and rather odd stones in the middle, taking up the most space of the painting, it also shows Dali and his father walking underneath the tallest stone. The two stones are suppose to represent man and woman and their continual interaction with one another.
1. The Persistence of Memory
This is, without a doubt, the most popular and famous of all Dali’s works. This is the famous melting clocks painting. Dali said he had the idea of one day sitting at his desk after entertaining visitors, he saw a piece of melted cheese hanging over the edge of the desk and he decided to paint the melting of clocks.