Salvador Dali's art and life were often very closely related. Almost his entire life was reflected in his art. Many of the major changes in his works and styles represented important events that effected his life and therefore his way of thinking. His paintings became not only a way to reference his personal feelings but also how the world is changing.
When Dali was younger, he experimented with several different techniques of painting. The first style he used was soft, blurry and seemed a little bit out of focus, although his use shadowing was well honed from the beginning. Dali's early works were not very impressive in comparison to his later paintings, but he showed signs of talent and dedication to his art work.
Surrealism is the form of painting that Dali will forever be remembered for. The primary goal of this surrealism was to reflect the inner most ideas and feelings of the artist represented through symbols and more abstract ideas. Surrealism also used that frame of reference to have large implications, such as mirroring society and show it what was wrong with it. For example, Dali was not friendly with the aristocrats of his time, in fact he hated them. So, one of his surrealist paintings showed an aristocrat with no face. This was supposed to symbolize that aristocrats did not pay attention to the lower classes. It was also during Dali's surrealist period when he expressed many of his sexual ideas in his works. Some examples of these types of works would be The Apparatus and The Great Masturbater, and many other of Dali's paintings possessed sexual meaning. This was also a period in his life when he was very interested in psychology, especially Freudian psychoanalysis. Dali even showed Freud in some of his works.
Surrealism was an important tool for Dali; using it he could express his feelings, dreams and political standings freely. His art sometimes seemed as if it was a way for him to put all the delirium in his head down on canvas,...