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René François Ghislain Magritte (21 November 1898 – 15 August 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images that fell under the umbrella of surrealism. His work challenges observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality. [ edit ] Early life and career Magritte was born in Lessines , in the province of Hainaut , in 1898, the eldest son of Léopold Magritte, who was a tailor and textile merchant, [ 1 ] and Régina ( née Bertinchamps), a milliner until her marriage.
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), known as Salvador Dalí ( Catalan pronunciation: [səɫβəˈðo ðəˈɫi] ), was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres , Spain . Dalí was a skilled draftsman , best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory , was completed in 1931. Dalí's expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media. Dalí attributed his "love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes" [ 3 ] to a self-styled "Arab lineage", claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors .