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The most complete study of Salvador Dali's painted works yet. After years of research, Robert Descharnes and Gilles Neret located previously inaccessible works that epitomize Dali's depictions of the subconscious and its strange workings. Complete with updated captions, this opulent edition contextualizes Dali's paintings with his own writings,...

 

At the age of six, Salvador Dali (1904-1989) wanted to be a cook. At the age of seven, he wanted to be Napoleon. "Since then," he later said, "my ambition has steadily grown, and my megalomania with it. Now I want only to be Salvador Dali, I have no greater wish." Throughout his life, Dali was out to become Dali: that is, one of the most significant artists and eccentrics of the 20th century.

This weighty volume is the most complete study of Dali's painted works ever published. After years of research, Robert Descharnes and Gilles Neret located painted works by the master that had been inaccessible for years-so many, in fact, that almost half the featured illustrations appear in public for the first time in this book.

More than a catalogue raisonne, this book contextualizes Dali's oeuvre and its meanings by examining contemporary documents, from writings and drawings to material from other facets of his work, including ballet, cinema, fashion, advertising, and objets d'art. Without these crutches to support analysis, the paintings would simply be a series of many images.

The study is divided into two parts: the first examines Dali's beginnings as an unknown artist. We witness how the young Dali deployed all the isms-Impressionism, Pointillism, Cubism, Fauvism, Purism and Futurism-with playful mastery, and how he would borrow from prevailing trends before ridiculing and abandoning them. The second part unveils the conclusions of Dali's lifelong inquiries, as well as the great legacy he left in works such as Tuna Fishing (1966/67) or Hallucinogenic Toreador (1970). It includes previously unpublished homages to Velazquez or Michelangelo, painted to the same end as the variations on past masters done by his contemporary, Picasso.

We discover how, motivated by the desire to tease out the secrets of great works and become a Velazquez of the mid-20th century, Dali became Dali.

 

Details

ISBN: 9783836576246
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 752
Publication Date: 29 Nov 2019
Publisher: Taschen GmbH
Dimensions (cm): 26(H) x 21(L) x 0(W)
Weight (gm): 3456

 

Reviews

"Bound to become the standard reference work." * Le Figaro *

 

Author Biography

Robert Descharnes (1926-2014), a photographer and writer, published studies of major artists, among them Antoni Gaudi, Auguste Rodin, and Salvador Dali. He documented and catalogued Dali's paintings and writings and was considered the leading expert on the artist. Gilles Neret (1933-2005) was an art historian, journalist, writer, and museum correspondent. He organized several art retrospectives in Japan and founded the SEIBU Museum and the Wildenstein Gallery in Tokyo. He directed art reviews such as L'OEil and Connaissance des Arts and received the Elie Faure Prize in 1981 for his publications. His TASCHEN titles include Salvador Dali: The Paintings, Matisse, and Erotica Universalis.
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