Salvador Dali

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-11-01
  • Publisher: Taschen America Llc

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Author Biography

Robert Descharnes (born 1926) is a photographer and writer, and has made numerous films, including L'Histoire prodigieuse de la dentelliere et du rhinoceros. He has written for magazines in France and elsewhere, and has published studies of major artists, among them Antoni Gaudi and Auguste Rodin. His labours have been primarily devoted to Salvador Dali, though, and he has helped organize Dali exhibitions at major museums and galleries throughout the world. Since 1950 he has been documenting and cataloguing Dali's paintings and writings, and is now considered the leading expert on the artist. Shortly before Dali's death, Descharnes was appointed by him to take charge of the rights to his works, within the Societe Demart Pro Arte B.V., of which Descharnes is president. As a friend of the artist for over thirty years, privy to the realities behind the public image, Robert Descharnes is uniquely qualified to analyse Dali the man and Dali the myth. Gilles Neret (born 1933) is an art historian, journalist and the author of numerous books on modern art. He has not only organized major retrospectives of Impressionists from Renoir to Gauguin in Japan but also Millet, Rousseau, Modigliani, Leger and Kandinsky as well as the Paris Biennale, modern sculpture, Dali... He is a founding member of the Seibu Museum and Wildenstein Gallery in Tokyo. He was chief editor and director of L'CEil and Connaissance des Arts. He is author of monographies on Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Cezanne, Klimt, Picasso, Botticelli and received the Elie Faure prize in 1981 for his collection "A l'ecole des grands peintres". He has published Les Naifs (NEF-L'Illustration, Paris), Les Impressionnistes (Office du Livre, Fribourg), L'Art des annees 20 and L'Art des annees 30 (Seuil, Paris; Rizzoli, New York; Orell Fussli, Zurich), Avant-garde 1945 - 1975 (Hirmer, Munich), 30 Ans d'art moderne (Nathan, Paris), L'Art, la femme et l'automobile (E.P.A., Paris), Ces bijoux qui font rever (Solar, Paris) and Fernand Leger (NEF-L'Illustration, Paris).

Table of Contents

The Dandy and his Mirror
The Proof of Love
Edible Beauty
The Conquest of the Irrational
The Magic Secrets of Avida Dollars
The Mystical Manifesto
Paths to Immortality
Dali: A Chronology 216(4)
Notes 220(1)
Bibliography 221(2)
Dali's Exhibitions 223(1)
Picture Credits 224

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