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Salvador Dali 1904-1989 (2 Vols.) Hardcover – August 1, 2007
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It's huge, beautiful, and encyclopedic. It covers Dalí's entire career, with all of the different stages he went through in creating his art and himself. There's just too much to try to summarize here - the book takes over 1600 photos to illustrate his life. Most of them depict Dalí's art or Dalí himself (I still suspect that he lived his entire life as a work of performance art). Others depict influences on his art. Some show work by other artists, for contrast or as part of Dalí's heritage. A few show features of the natural world, a rock formation, for example, that the alchemy of Dalí's magic transmuted into new visual elements.
And, throughout, there is Gala - Dalí's wife, agent, manager, muse, model, and tour guide for his visit to planet Earth. I hate the phrase that would call Gala his "better half," but I'm sure that Dalí would have been incomplete in many ways without her. Certainly, his finished works owe much to the way she inspired him.
I fault this wonderful work for only one thing, but one that I find maddening: there is no index. In partial compensation, end matter lists each photo or work of art, in numerical order as they appeared in the book, with provenance and other information about any art shown. A bibliogrpahy would have been nice, too - but no index! With a book like this, it almost feels as if the last twenty pages had been ripped out.
Don't let that bit of pedantry get in the way of enjoying this marvelous collection, though.Read more ›
Dali's polarizing art and lifestyle prompted extreme reactions from art critics, essayists, and propagandists. Fortunately, this set contains excellent information and important insights from Dali-insider Robert Descharnes. Descharnes presents biographical facts and writing excerpts in a coherent overview of Dali's artistic development.
This set contains a good number of drawings. Some are reprinted from the book "50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship" by Salvador Dali, but I found many of them to be new. The drawings include studies and outlines for paintings, rarely seen erotic pieces, and illustrations for books.
For an excellent single-volume treatment of Dali by the same authors, I recommend "Dali" by Robert Descharnes (Author), Gilles Beret (Contributor) ISBN-10: 3822802980.
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As time went on Dali began to trade more with his reputation and bizarre acts than his actual art- but his body of work still manages to fascinate (with the exception of his 'tarot... Read morePublished 8 months ago by thirdtwin
Dali had the technique of an old master combined with the vision and wit of a modern revolutionary artist. Read morePublished 8 months ago by David Webb
The book is incredible, Dali's biography really makes an effort in diving into the mind of this great and polemic genius. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Artur
A must for a Dali fan. Many beautiful pictures and a lot of interesting subject matter of the greatest surrealist painter to have ever lived.Published 21 months ago by Joshua Mozie