Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

Book - 1985
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A collection of paintings by Salvador Dali is accompanied by a description of his life and analyses of his artistic style."
Publisher: New York : H.N. Abrams, 1985.
Edition: Concise ed. --
ISBN: 9780810908307
0810908301
9780810991330
0810991330
Branch Call Number: 759. 6 DAL D 1985
Characteristics: 127 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dalí, Salvador 1904-1989.
Alternative Title: Dali.

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DavidB
Mar 13, 2009

While I don't think that it's possible to get into the mind of Salvador Dali, nor do I think it’s advisable to linger there too long, this book does provide insightful glimpses to it’s inner workings.

The author Robert Descharnes was a friend of Dali which allowed him deep access. It’s easy to dismiss the unusual images that Dali created as madness but there is a method to the madness. Dali said himself that his paintings were explorations of his dream images it’s important to first understand the language and vocabulary of Dali’s subconscious. It’s not accurate that there are universal meanings to an image in a dream. Dali’s images are unique to his experiences. The mountains and landscapes are those of Spain and his youth. Knowledge of Millet’s painting ‘Angelus’ while help you understand the recurrence of those two peasants in many of his paintings. The images and their hidden meanings are too numerous to count.

While this book provides deeply intimate information, much in Dali’s own words, it still only scratches the surface. But after reading this book I look at Dali’s works again with new eyes. It’s far too easy to dismiss him as a crazy. Dali was crazy, to be sure, but he was crazy like a fox. Who else could have seen how Vermeer’s ‘Lace Maker’ is similar to the horn of Rhinoceros? This book helps one to dissect the Deoxy-ribonucleic-acid of Dali’s paintings.

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DavidB
Mar 16, 2009

'Salvador Dali has decided to make the most delirioue announcement of his life in Paris, becouse France is the most inteligent country in the world, France is the most rational country in the world; on the contrary, I, myself, come from Spain, which is the most irrational country in the world and also the most mystical. Inteligence leads and brings us to the foggy nuances of skepticism, intelligence guides us to gastronomic coefficinet of super-gelatinous, Proustian, and gamy uncertantity. It is for this reason that it is good and necessary that from time to time Spainiards like Picasso and myself come to Paris to dazzle you... by showing you a raw and bleeding piece of truth.'

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