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Turning away from the powerful Cubist influence of fellow painter Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí incorporated the hallucinatory qualities of Surrealism in his paintings and went on to become one of the 20th century's most famous artists.
The melting clocks in his Persistence of Memory are among the most recognizable images in modern art. That well-known work appears here in sticker format along with 15 other scrupulously reproduced works by the Spanish artist, among them The Visage of War, Figure at a Window, The Enigma of Desire, and Surrealist Poster.
Original Dover (2000) publication.
--This text refers to the Misc. Supplies edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Masters of Art
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Later Printing edition (November 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810991330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810991330
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Ralph J. Bellantoni on February 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As a college art major I developed a distaste for Dali and his art, even referring to him as a "pimp" in an essay. I was turned off by his commercialism and his overly-polished style. But over the years my opinion began to shift, and the major retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has completely renovated my appreciation for the man and his art.

This huge and handsome tome is the catalogue for the Philly retrospective, and includes hundreds of color images along with insights into the thought behind the imagery. The book takes you through his youthful experiments in post-impressionism and cubism (there are a few works you'd swear were by Picasso!), into his affiliation with Surrealism, his development of his personal "paranoiac-critical" method, and his later interests in physics and conversion to Catholicism. The middle section of the book and exhibit includes hundreds of his best-known and most widely-admired paintings, but surprises abound in the early and later sections, with works most people never knew he created.

What struck me most in the show and the book was how thoroughly dedicated Dali was to his art, and how intellectually involved his work was. His draughtsmanship was also so acute as to defy belief. I realize now that I was sold so completely on his posture as an eccentric personality, that I lost sight of the power of his art. But this show and book reveal how truly special and significant Dali was as an artist, art theorist, and explorer of the hinterlands of the mind and soul.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rufus on June 21, 2011
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I saw a copy of this book at a "Book Swap"and picked it up, expecting to see all the familiar works by Dali. What an amazing surprise; this was the first time I had ever seen most of the images portrayed. Someone else had actually chosen this book so I dashed home and found the same edition on Amazon! I sent in my order immediately and it was quickly delivered. This is one of the most unusual art books in my collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. Sako on May 8, 2013
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I love this book, the pictures are extraordinary and the words are directly from Dali's pen to you. A must for big Salvador Dali fans
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wolfpods on August 15, 2014
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Paintings, drawings, sculptures,and engravings from a genius and his serious dedication to surrealism. There are seventy eight reproductions of his work, a chronology of his secret life and works, and also an interview with Dali. Some of Dali's finest paintings.
What I particularly like is the fact that next to each picture, is the title, and some information or description of the work.
This helps to have a good understanding of the work and possibly an insight into what Dali believes.
Book is a very nice size and easy to read.
A more complete comprehensive collection of works can be found in the 2 Volume set entitled " Dali "- The Paintings (25), approx 780 pages.
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Format: Paperback
Any review of this book would have to start off by emphasizing that this is a short book. It is only about 96 pages a significant share of which consists of Dali's most famous paintings. Hence anyone looking for an encyclopedic overview of Dali's works would do well to look elsewhere. The question becomes, for its short length, how good of a job does the book do in terms of providing a decent succinct overview of his art? The answer to that is quite well.

This is primarily due to the fact that the author, like most of his colleagues who have written other titles in the Taschen "basics" series, is extremely knowledgeable of this subject. He provides an excellent, albeit brief, overview of Dali's art from the beginning of his career to his end. The reader sees Dali's progression of art through its early stages through its conclusion where religious matters become paramount as Dali comes closer to facing his end. The quality of the illustrations, as in all the Taschen "basics" series, is magnificent, as usual. The prints are on very high quality with vivid color (which would be essential to appreciating Dali's style) on high quality premium paper.

The book does have some gaps however, especially in terms of Dali the man and the motivation behind his art. The author, for example, does not address the question of whether Dali was insane (or mentally unstable), like Bosch or Van Gogh, for example or whether his behavior and the art it reflected, was just part of his showmanship (i.e., an "act"). The author also does not address how Dali was able to survive in post-Franco Spain, especially considering how "subversive", Dadaist and anti-establishment his art was as viewed by both Franco and the Catholic Church.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Graham on June 14, 2014
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I had seen this book in a hotel lobby and enjoyed reading the introduction and looked on Amazon to purchase it. I have the heavy large Dali book, but there's a bit more in this one, and found it well worth the cost.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By aerzat17 on September 7, 2013
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It's not the book I expected but I guess that's my fault, anyway I loved this one, it's in good condition and it's really interesting
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on March 30, 2014
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I love Dali so these stickers lived up to my expectations. I would recommend these for any educational purposes or simply for art fanatics.
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