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An author, artist and provocateur, Salvador Dalí was one of the most notable figures of the Surrealist movement. Born in 1904 in Figueras, Catalonia, Dalí studied art in Madrid and Barcelona, where he demonstrated masterful painting skills and experimented with several artistic styles. In the late 1920s, two chief influences emerged that shaped his mature artistic style. The first was the work of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud that explored the erotic significance of dreams and subconscious imagery. The second was his introduction to the Paris Surrealists, a group of artists and writers who sought to unlock the creative potential of the human unconscious.