The Easel

Salvador Dali: a life less ordinary

Surrealism started as a small literary movement until it attracted the attention of Paris-based Dali. His decade of work from the late 1920’s gave the movement artistic expression; he took the role of cheerleader. After that came a half-lifetime of relentless self-promotion and commercialism. Many dismiss his later work. One critic’s mixed assessment – “dubious Catalan genius” seems close to the consensus.