recognition of Dali's talent came with his first
one-man show, held in Barcelona in 1925. Dali
described his paintings as `hand-painted dream
photographs' and had certain favorite and recurring
images. In 1937, Dali visited Italy and adopted
a more traditional style. This together with
his political views (he was a supporter of General
Franco) has led him into a clash with the Surrealists
and he expelled from the Surrealist movement.
In 1940, Dali moved to the USA, and since that
time he devoted himself largely to self-publicity.
The museum of Modern Art in New York gave Dali
his first major retrospective exhibit in 1941.
This was followed in 1942 by the publication
of Dali's autobiography, The Secret Life of
Salvador Dali. In 1974 Dali opened the Teatro
Museo Dali in Figueres, Spain. This was followed
by retrospectives in Paris and London at the
end of the decade. After the death of his wife,
Gala, in 1982, Dali's health began to fail,
and he spent the rest his life in seclusion
until he died on January 23, 1989 in Figueres.