Dalí

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Parkstone International, Dec 22, 2011 - Art - 82 pages
Painter, designer, creator of bizarre objects, author and film maker, Dalí became the most famous of the Surrealists. Buñuel, Lorca, Picasso and Breton all had a great influence on his career. Dalí's film, An Andalusian Dog, produced with Buñuel, marked his official entry into the tightly-knit group of Parisian Surrealists, where he met Gala, the woman who became his lifelong companion and his source of inspiration. But his relationship soon deteriorated until his final rift with André Breton in 1939. Nevertheless Dalí's art remained surrealist in its philosophy and expression and a prime example of his freshness, humour and exploration of the subconscious mind. Throughout his life, Dalí was a genius at self-promotion, creating and maintaining his reputation as a mythical figure.
 

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Contents

The Public Secret of Salvador Dalí
5
From Outsider to Dandy The Student Years in Madrid
22
A Friendship in Verse and StillLife Dalí and Garcia Lorca
26
The Cut Eye Dalí and Buñuel
32
Gala or The Healing Gradiva The Surrealist Years in Paris
41
The Pictures behind the Pictures Paranoia as Method
55
Between Worlds First Successes in America
64
Break out into Tradition The Renaissance of the Universal Genius as Marketing Expert
70
Metamorphosis to Divine The Time of Honour and Riches
74
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
80
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About the author (2011)

Salvador Dali was born in 1904 in Figueres, Spain. In his teens, he exhibited his work at home and in the town's municipal theater before leaving for Madrid's Academy of Arts. In his last year there, he was expelled for announcing that none of the faculty was competent to judge his work. After moving to Paris, he befriended Pablo Picasso and Andre Breton, moved in with the woman who would become his wife of nearly 50 years (though she was Paul Eluard's wife when he met her) and began work on the paintings for which became best known, such as "The Persistence of Memory," which he described as "hand-painted dream photographs." Over the course of his career, he also made sculpture, designed jewelry, illustrated books and collaborated with filmmakers such as Bunuel and Hitchcock. The most famous of all the Surrealists, he died in Figueres in 1989.

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