Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dal i Domnech, 1st Marqus de Dal de Pubol (May 11, 1904 January 23, 1989), known as Salvador Dali, was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Spain. Dal 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. Dal's expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media. Dal attributed his 'love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes' to a self-styled 'Arab lineage', claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors. Dal was highly imaginative, and also enjoyed indulging in unusual and grandiose behavior.
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