Paintings by Salvador Dalí – “I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.”
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Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (May 11, 1904 — January 23, 1989), known as Salvador Dalí was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Spain. Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931. Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

The 5 Most Expensive Salvador Dali Paintings Sold at Auctions

1) Portrait de Paul Eluard – £13,481,250

The 1929 Portrait de Paul Eluard depicts Paul Eluard, a French Surrealist poet whom Dali met in 1929, around the time when he was staying in Paris assisting Luis Buñuel with the filming of Un Chien Andalou. During Eluard’s visits, Dali fell in love with Gala who would become his life-long companion and muse.

Sold at a Sotheby’s sale in London in February 2011. The most expensive Dali work, it is also the most expensive Surrealist painting ever sold at auction.

2) Etude pour ‘Le miel est plus doux que le sang’ – £4,073,250

Etude pour ‘Le miel est plus doux que le sang’ (or Study for Honey is Sweeter than blood) is one Dali’s first Surrealist paintings. It is a fully completed study for the now lost painting Honey is Sweeter than Blood which is believed to have been destroyed.

In February 2011, the painting sold for £4,073,250 at a Christie’s sale in London.

3) Spectre du soir sur la plage – $5,682,500

Night Spectre on the Beach, as it is known in English, was painted in 1935 and depicts far away figures on a desolate beach. It is believed that the beach shown is at Rosas on the Costa Brava, a place where Dali spent many summers as a child.

Sold for $5,682,500 at a Sotheby’s, New York auction in May 2010.

4) Ma femme nue regardant son propre corps devenir marches, trois vertebres d’une colonne, ciel et architecture – £2,863,500

My Wife, Naked Looking at her own Body,which is Transformed into Steps, Three Vertebrae of a Column, Sky and Architecture is a 1945 painting depicting Dali’s wife, Gala, sitting naked with her back to the viewer.

Sold for £2,863,500 at a Sotheby’s auction in London in December 2000.

5) Nu dans la plaine de Rosas (En: Nude on the Plain of Rosas) – $4,002,500

This work was painted in 1942, when Dali was living in America, having left Europe in 1940, during the onset of World War II.

In 1942, Dali was commissioned by Helena Rubinstein, who had known the artist since the early 1930s, to decorate the dining room of her Park Avenue apartment. Dali completed three murals which represented the morning, afternoon and night.

Sold for $4,002,500 at a Christie’s, New York auction in November 2009.

Here are some Salvador Dalí’s quotes:

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” ― Salvador Dalí

“I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.” ― Salvador Dalí

“At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.” ― Salvador Dalí

“An elegant woman is a woman who despises you and has no hair under her arms.” ― Salvador Dalí

“Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali.” ― Salvador Dalí

“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” ― Salvador Dalí

“What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it.” ― Salvador Dalí

“Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a mustache – it is better for the health. However, I always carried a jewel-studded cigarette case in which, instead of tobacco, were carefully placed several mustaches, Adolphe Menjou style. I offered them politely to my friends: “Mustache? Mustache? Mustache?” Nobody dared to touch them. This was my test regarding the sacred aspect of mustaches.” ― Salvador Dalí,

“The only difference between me and a madman is I’m not mad.” ― Salvador Dalí

“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” ― Salvador Dalí

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” ― Salvador Dalí

“There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.” ― Salvador Dalí

“Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic” ― Salvador Dalí

“The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.” ― Salvador Dalí