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Dali's Mustache Hardcover – January 15, 1996


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (January 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080135600
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080135605
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,509,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I thoroughly enjoyed the photos in this book, but that is all there was to it.
"pandora@madbastard.com"
World famous photographer Philippe Halsman beautifully (and sometimes disturbingly) brings to life one of the greatest Dali obsessions of all time...his mustache.
jarchuletta@yahoo.com
I thought it looked weird and since thats the type of art I like i picked it up and read it.
Musicfan187

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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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By Ryan Hennessy on January 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was surprised to see that this Dali book is more a book of photography than of any of Dali's art. I mean, I knew it was mostly pictures of him, but it turns out to be all these complicated photographs of Dali! It's pretty interesting, especially if you're into photos. And what makes the book is the last section where there are descriptions of how all the weirdest pictures were taken. To think that all of them could have been done effortlessly on a computer these days says something about Philippe Halsman's dedication. Kudos!
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I came across this book at work (ironically one of the Amazon Fulfillment Centers). It instantly caught my eye. Unfortunately I made this purchase based only off the cover and knowing my girlfriends love for the great Salvador Dali.

I didn't read any reviews or description so when I got this book I was expecting a lot of images and painting and information on the artist and his works. However, this book includes pages and pages of photographs of Dali with his mustache as the common highlight. It's still a cool book but it doesn't have much depth and once you've been threw it once there's really no draw to open it again. The lack of content doesn't really bring it much value for me personally but for others it may.

If this still sounds of interest to you, you should check it out. It's a nice piece to have on your coffee table for guests to look at.
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By bluesky on October 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Small but mighty is what I would tell you about this book. Philippe"s focus on Dali here is special. I feel his work with Dali is a reflection of Philippe the colorful, inventive and playful artist. I love that Halsman did this book himself and it is always a joy to pick it up and spend a bit of time with it reflecting on artistic greatness.
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