Salvador Dali is probably the best known Surrealist painter. After passing phases of Cubism, Futurism and Metaphysical he settled on a painting technique that produced a startling and hallucinatory effect.
He described his pictures as "hand-painted dream photographs". Images in his paitings included melting clocks, human figures with half-open drawers or burning giraffes. Dali had a great talent for eccentricity which he used to promote his work. He was also a significant sculptor, book illustrator and designed theatre sets as well as jewelry. Generally it is believed that he produced his best work during his classic Surrealist period in the 1930s.
"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."
"Have no fear of perfection -- you'll never reach it."
"I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous."
"So little of what could happen does happen."
"The world will admire me. Perhaps I'll be despised and misunderstood, but I'll be a great genius, I'm certain of it."