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Salvador Dalí Book of Paintings

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Salvador Dalí is an endlessly fascinating figure in art history. Known for his Surrealist point of view—and its most enduring motif, the melted clock—the eccentric creative produced paintings as well as works in sculpture, film, photography, and more. But it's Dalí’s genius on canvas that is the subject of a recently expanded book by Robert Descharnes and Gilles Néret, published by Taschen. Titled Dalí. The Paintings, the “weighty volume” boasts one of the most complete studies of the artist’s works ever to be printed.

At 752 pages, the book is the result of years of research by Descharnes and Néret (who have both since passed away). They located and uncovered works by Dalí that went unseen for many years, and almost half of the paintings in this book are appearing in public for the first time.

Although paintings are the emphasis of the latest Dalí publication, the book does more than just showcase his illustrations. The authors have contextualized his work by studying documents, writings, and drawings from his other pieces that include the ballet, fashion, advertising, and more. This allows the publication to be a source of analysis of Dalí's paintings—something that is often missing from other artist oeuvres.

The tome is divided into two sections. The first part of the book examines how Dalí came to be Dalí. As an unknown artist, he experimented with many different artistic movements (such as Pointillism, Cubism, and Futurism) and “would borrow from prevailing trends before ridiculing and abandoning them.” The second portion, according to Taschen, “unveils the conclusions of Dalí’s lifelong inquiries” and explores his artistic legacy as well as previously unreleased homages to Velázquez or Michaelangelo.

Dalí. The Paintings is now available on Taschen and Amazon.

Taschen has recently expanded a book on Salvador Dalí called Dalí. The Paintings.

Salvador Dalí Book of Paintings

At a massive 752 pages, almost half of the paintings in this book are appearing in public for the first time.

Salvador Dalí Book of Paintings

Salvador Dalí Book of Paintings

Salvador Dalí Book of Paintings

Best Salvador Dalí Book

Best Salvador Dalí Book

h/t: [Open Culture]

All images via Taschen.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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