During a brief period shortly before and shortly after the turn of the
century there were born in Spain what might be called her Great Triumvirate
of Modern Art: Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dali (1904-1989).
Two were Catalans, one Andalusian. They all were possessed of enormous creative
energy, all controversial, and left, each in his own way, a distinctive mark
on the 20th century. With the death of Dali, its youngest (and perhaps most
flamboyant) member, that triumvirate has come to a close. On the other hand,
the assessment of their work and its impact on their own as well as on future
centuries is now only beginning and will undoubtedly continue for some time.
This is especially true of Dali, whose extravagant and often outrageous behavior
overshadowed—even prevented—a true assessment of his work. In
his case, the jury is likely to be out for a particularly long time.
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