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Dalí

Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.2 in., 1.36 lb, 96 pages
US$ 16
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From soft watches to burning giraffes, this book celebrates the fantastical world and flamboyant personality of Salvador Dalí, one of the most visionary and prolific artists of the 20th century. In equal parts provoking, eccentric, and technically skilled, Dalí’s provocative work, and his controversial persona, revolutionized the concept of the artist. A must-have exploration of the world’s favorite mustache-twirler.

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Lobsters and lunacy

The zaniest Surrealist of them all
Painter, sculptor, writer, filmmaker, and all-round showman Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) was one of the 20th century’s greatest exhibitionists and eccentrics. One of the first artists to apply the insights of Freudian psychoanalysis to art, he is celebrated in particular for his surrealist practice, with such conceits as the soft watches or the lobster telephone, now hallmarks of the surrealist enterprise, and of modernism in general.

Dalí frequently described his paintings as “hand-painted dream photographs.” Their tantalizing tension and interest resides in the precise rendering of bizarre elements and incongruous arrangements. As Dalí himself explained, he painted with “the most imperialist fury of precision,” but only “to systematize confusion and thus to help discredit completely the world of reality.”

Revolutionizing the role of the artist, the mustache-twirling Dalí also had the intuition to parade a controversial persona in the public arena and, through printmaking, fashion, advertising, writing, and film, to create work that could be consumed and not just contemplated on a gallery wall.

This book explores both the painting and the personality of Dalí, introducing his technical skill as well as his provocative compositions and challenging themes of death, decay, and eroticism.
The author

Gilles Néret (1933–2005) was an art historian, journalist, writer, and museum correspondent. He organized several art retrospectives in Japan and founded the SEIBU Museum and the Wildenstein Gallery in Tokyo. He directed art reviews such as L'Œil and Connaissance des Arts and received the Élie Faure Prize in 1981 for his publications. His TASCHEN titles include Salvador Dalí: The Paintings, Matisse, and Erotica Universalis.

Dalí
Hardcover, 8.3 x 10.2 in., 1.36 lb, 96 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-6000-9
Edition: English
ISBN 978-3-8365-5999-7
Edition: French
Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions

Customer reviews (1)

Great book

Marko, October 27, 2021
Really great and informative book with quality prints all over them, perfect for a casual read.
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