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Dali's Mustache Hardcover – January 15, 1996

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"Warning! This book is preposterous," says the back cover. This collaboration between the flamboyant Spanish painter and the Latvian-born portraitist is also a surrealistic work of art. Halsman understood the extroverted Dali better than any other photographer; their talents and personalities were the perfect complement to each other. In the course of this witty and inventive homage, the artist's celebrated whiskers tie themselves in a knot, are pressed into service as a paintbrush, become the hands of a clock and blemish the face of the Mona Lisa.

About the Author

Philippe Halsman's memorable photographs of the leading statesmen, scientists, entertainers and artists of our time continue to appear in magazines and books. In 1944, four years after arriving in the Unites States from France, his colleagues elected him first president of the American Society of Magazine Photographers. In 1958 he was named one of the world's ten best photographers in an international poll.

His other publications include The Frenchman, Piccoli (a fairy tale), Philippe Halsman's Jump Book, Halsman on the Creation of Photographic Ideas, and Sight and Insight, as well as Portraits and Halsman at Work, which were published by his family after his death in 1979. His work is represented in the permanent collections of numerous museums in the United States and abroad.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (January 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080135600
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080135605
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "pandora@madbastard.com" on May 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed the photos in this book, but that is all there was to it. There are about 40 really great photos of Dali doing strange things with his mustache. It is certainly not, as I was led to believe by the other reviewer, a novel. One can easily read the whole book in just a few minutes. It is called a photographic interview and just has some questions, each followed by a crazy photo with a caption.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Johny Bottom on December 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is mainly pictures of Salvador Dali's mustache in different poses. His whiskers have stand straight up, go straight out, and everything in between. There is some some dialogue that is nothing more than questions and answers. For instance, it is asked why Dali paints. On the next page his mustache is shaped like an 'S' and there are two paint brushes running across his face to complete the dollar sign '$'.

I love this book because I am a big fan of Dali. Also my daughter has come to love it and usually asks for this book for her bedtime story. It makes her giggle because some of the pictures are just so strange. Although the picture of Dali as the Mona Lisa is quite disturbing.

The book can be read in under three minutes, but for fans of "The Dali" it can bring a lifetime of pleasure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Musicfan187 on December 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I'm not an educated art critic or even really a big art fan, but I take an art class for my high school and one day my teacher showed us this book. I thought it looked weird and since thats the type of art I like i picked it up and read it. This book is very weird and funny. The ways they can get the moustache to stand are really cool. I especially like the fishing pole one and the graph but really all the pictures are good. This book has turned me on to the weirder side of art.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jarchuletta@yahoo.com on January 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A must have for all Salvador Dali fans and a definate collectors item. World famous photographer Philippe Halsman beautifully (and sometimes disturbingly) brings to life one of the greatest Dali obsessions of all time...his mustache. A funny and free-spirited trip into a crazy world. I highly recomend this novel for any enthusiast or someone with a taste for the bizarre. Painstainkingly produced. A masterpiece for all ages!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Marchand on December 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We saw this at l'Espace Salvador Dali in Paris and loved it, but didn't want to pay museum/weak dollar prices. It was a good value on Amazon, and my son (a big Dali fan) loved it for Christmas. It's a photographic interview with Dali about his mustache. Each question is followed by a short answer with illustrative photograph of the artist's mustache in various wild, waxed poses. The photos are hysterical; the humor all Dali.
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What becomes the legendary mustache of a famous artist most? A series of way over-the-top photographs by a famous photographer. The results: this delightfully funny collection of questions of Salvador Dali with photographic answers by Philippe Halsman. Fans of the photographer will remember that he also gave the world the whimsical JUMP BOOK where he asked famous people including Marilyn Monroe, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor-- that couple obviously would do anything for publicity-- and Mr. Dali as well to jump and shot them as they left the floor. (I have always been amused and gladdened that Eleanor Roosevelt graciously declined to jump.)

There are about 30 or so photographs including the one reproduced on the cover of the book. Also included are a Preface written by Dali, Postface by Halsman and Publisher's Notes explaining how some of the more "surreal" photographs were accomplished. The photographs on pages 55 and 111 are just two good examples. Page 55---("No, I am completely mobile"). The explanation is that Halsman cut the mustache and eyebrow out of the print, then cut out the eye, attaching it with thin wire to the eyebrow. Then he hung this mobile from another wire to get the effect of the mustache becoming a Calderesque work of art. Amazing! The answer to the question "Dali, what do you see when you look at Mona Lisa? "A paragon of beauty." We see the Dali's mustache, eyes and hands transposed onto Leonardo's masterpiece (p. 111). The photograph on page 67 is one of my favorites, a takeoff on one of Dali's most famous images, what I would call the melted clocks. He answers the question: "What is surrealism?" "Surrealism is myself." Another favorite is the shot on page 15 where we see a portrait of Dali dressed in coat and tie holding his mustache in both hands.
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"Dali's Mustache" can be read on more than one level.

At the most innocent reading, it is a charming little photo essay starring Salvador Dali's mustache, illuminating Dali's answers to a series of interview questions. To a casual reader, it is a whimsical combination of photo art and humor.

A more serious reader trying to understand Dali's perspectives and attitudes would see more here. Dali is asked some key questions about his attitudes on art and beauty, and while his answers are brief, they are also telling. The obvious example is the question about the nature of art, and what the mustache illustrates compared to the text of Dali's reply, but answers about Dali's secret and the nature of beauty and ugliness are also thought provoking, especially in context of the entire book and Dali's body of work.

A fun and thought-provoking little book for any Dali fan.

Edward M. Van Court
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