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Secret Life of Salvador Dali
Secret Life of Salvador Dali | Salvador Dali
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Painter, designer, and filmmaker Salvador Dali (1904 1989) was one of the most colorful and controversial figures in 20th-century art. A pioneer of Surrealism, he was both praised and reviled for the subconscious imagery he projected into his paintings, which he sometimes referred to as "hand-painted dream photographs."This early autobiography, which takes him through his late thirties, is as startling and unpredictable as his art. It is superbly illustrated with over 80 photographs of Dali and his works, and scores of Dali drawings and sketches. On its first publication, the reviewer of "Books" observed: "It is impossible not to admire this painter as writer. As a whole, he . . . communicates the snobbishness, self-adoration, comedy, seriousness, fanaticism, in short the concept of life and the total picture of himself he sets out to portray."Dali's flamboyant self-portrait begins with his earliest recollections and ends at the pinnacle of his earliest successes. His tantalizing chapter titles and headnotes among them "Intra-Uterine Memories," "Apprenticeship to Glory," "Permanent Expulsion from the School of Fine Arts," "Dandyism and Prison," "I am Disowned by my Family," "My Participation and my Position in the Surrealist Revolution," and "Discovery of the Apparatus for Photographing Thought" only hint at the compelling revelations to come.Here are fascinating glimpses of the brilliant, ambitious, and relentlessly self-promoting artist who designed theater sets, shop interiors, and jewelry as readily as he made surrealistic paintings and films. Here is the mind that could envision and create with great technical virtuosity images of serene Raphaelesque beauty one moment and nightmarish landscapes of soft watches, burning giraffes, and fly-covered carcasses the next. For anyone interested in 20th-century art and one of its most gifted and charismatic figures, "The Secret Life of Salvador Dali" is must reading."
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Christine11
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I definitely think books are the best way to #FreeYourMind but art is a close second! Salvador Dalí is my absolute favourite artist - I think he was a total genius ⭐️ #FierceFeb
Thanks for doing such an amazing job organising this photo challenge @Cinfhen and @batsy - it‘s so nice of you to take the time to put it together ?

Cinfhen So glad to have gotten to know you better through this month😃Hope you‘ll continue on 💜 2y
Christine11 @Cinfhen I‘m so happy to know you better too 😊 I will definitely continue on! 💗⭐️ 2y
batsy I love Dali!! Great choice about art freeing minds ❤️ Echoing what @Cinfhen said, lovely getting to know you and thank you so much for your fab posts this month 😊 2y
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Christine11 @batsy Dali is just so great isn‘t he ?! 😊 I‘m so happy to have gotten to know you too - you guys are so nice organising this 💗🎉🌸 2y
BookMaven407 I agree! 2y
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Jas16
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I just bought a copy of this cookbook written by Dali for my friend's birthday, Les Diners de Gala. It is insane. Now how long do I have to wait before asking to borrow it?

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