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Dali  Robert Descharnes

Dali - Robert Descharnes

Thames & Hudson, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank.

With 128 illustrations, 40 in colour. Reprint [1985]. From the cover: “« EVERY MORNING upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali, and I ask I myself, wonderstruck, what prodigious thing will he do today, this Salvador Dali » writes the artist. This splendid book leads us through the fabulous world of dreams, hallucinations, phantasms and fractured reality that Dali has created. Illustrations and words are combined in a masterly fashion to show the private world of a genius, a world that, in its myriad details, speaks to all of us.

Dali is a brilliant painter and draftsman. From his birth in Figueras, Spain, we follow his extraordinary career in art, his exuberant public life, and his prolific activities in many areas. In the late 1920s Dali was a leading Surrealist, probing the irrational and subconscious in his paintings. After being expelled from his circle, he struck out independently: his style, whether Cubist, abstract, realistic, paranoiac-critical, or stereoscopic, was always completely his own.

The author, Robert Descharnes, a long-time friend of Dali, is the most authoritative writer on the artist. He relates the events of Dali’s personal life and of the amazing couple, Dali/Gala; he analyzes his major paintings and the sketches leading to them; he discusses Dali’s writings, his work for the theatre, movies, ballets, and book illustrating. A wonderful guide, Descharnes comments in detail about the volume’s forty remarkable full-page colour plates.

In this book, a unique and scintillating world is presented to us, a world made possible only when reality, imagination, madness and passion are mixed in Dalinian ways.”

Size: 12¼" x 9¼". Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board.
Dali  Robert Descharnes