Some of the art styles that influenced him included the Renaissance, Impressionism, Cubism, and Futurism. He also explored ideas around the subconscious in his art and was influenced by Sigmund Freud’s theories.
Although the lobster is not a real lobster, the texture painted on it is implied, for example, the hard surface area of its outer shells. Similarly, the phone has a hard and glossy surface and is the real object.
The type of lines in Lobster Telephone by Salvador Dalí are naturalistic and also described as organic. These appear curved, diagonal, and mostly irregular as these delineate the objects of the lobster and telephone.