DALI: THE PAINTINGS


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DALI: THE PAINTINGS

ROBERT DESCHARNES, G. NÉRET    Book Number: 87284    Product format: Hardback

At the age of six, Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) wanted to be a cook. At the age of seven, he wanted to be Napoleon. "Since then," he later said, "my ambition has steadily grown, and my megalomania with it. Now I want only to be Salvador Dalí, I have no greater wish." Throughout his life, Dalí was out to become one of the most significant artists and eccentrics of the 20th century. The front cover is the famous upturned moustache image. This exquisite and colourful volume is the most complete study of Dalí's painted works ever published and includes his own writings, drawings and archival material. After years of research, Robert Descharnes and Gilles Néret located painted works by the master that had been inaccessible for years - so many, in fact, that almost half the featured illustrations appear in public for the first time in this book. More than a catalogue raisonné, this opulent edition contextualizes Dalí's oeuvre and its meanings by examining contemporary documents, from writings and drawings to material from other facets of his work, including ballet, cinema, fashion, advertising, and objets d'art. The first part examines Dalí's beginnings as an unknown artist. We witness how the young Dalí deployed all the isms - Impressionism, Pointillism, Cubism, Fauvism, Purism and Futurism - with playful mastery, and how he would borrow from prevailing trends before ridiculing and abandoning them. The second part unveils the conclusions of Dalí's lifelong enquiries, as well as the great legacy he left in works such as Tuna Fishing (1966/67) or Hallucinogenic Toreador (1970). Study in colourful large detail Apparatus and Hand (1927) with a strewn decapitated woman's naked body, fish and hallucinogenic imagery surrounding Portrait of Paul Eluard (1929), Woman With Head of Roses (1935) and a fish-eating Tiger and suspended elephant over a naked woman dreaming about a pomegranate (1944)! It includes previously unpublished homages to Velázquez or Michelangelo, painted to the same end as the variations on past masters done by his contemporary, Picasso. 21 x 26cm, 752 pages. Colour, new from Taschen.
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ISBN 9783836576246
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