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50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) Paperback – June 4, 1992
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish
From the Back Cover
In a blend of outrageous egotism and unconventional humor, Dalí presents 50 "secrets" for mastering the art of painting: "the secret of sleeping while awake," "the secret of the periods of carnal abstinence and indulgence to be observed by the painter," "the secret of the painter's pointed mustaches," "the secret of learning to paint before knowing how to draw," "the secret of the painter's marriage," "the secret of the reason why a great draughtsman should draw while completely naked," and many other Daliesque prescriptions for artistic success.
Illustrated with the artist's own drawings, this volume is a fascinating mixture of serious artistic advice, lively personal anecdotes, and academic craftsmanship. It is, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, "in lay-out and clarity of design . . . a remarkable work of art in itself." Especially esteemed for its insights into modern art, 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship is indispensable reading for any student of Surrealism or 20th century painting.
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I did not know Dali the genius, the intellectual, and the wit who wrote this book. This is a brilliant book, which I am not qualified on any level to describe. But if you enjoy clever, original writing, or being allowed into the head of a genius, or are a serious artist who wants confirmation of the colors never to invite to "the ballroom" of your palette, this book is a joy. I hope it never goes out of print.