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For many, Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) represents the Surrealist painter par excellence, one whose work explored his own dream life, hallucinations, and fetishes in the process of objectifying the irrational elements of the unconscious. In this rare and important volume, the painter expresses (in his inimitably eccentric fashion) his ideas of what painting should be, expounds ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 4th 1992 by Dover Publications
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Ronald Wise
An oversize book with large print and many interesting illustrations or sketches by the author. I'm not a painter and so feared I'd find this book a bore, but quickly discovered it to be very intriguing. Dali's odd sense of humor was very satisfying and I now feel that my knowledge of the process of artistic painting is so much more complete — from the artist's disposition in the creative process, to the techniques of working with oil paints. This was my first introduction to Dali's mind and I'l ...more
Dana Bolink
50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship by Salvador Dali is a tough read that doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

In his book, the famous painter Dali promises the young painter who aspires to become a master like Dali himself - and Dali certainly sees himself that way - to reveal fifty secrets of the craft, which will ensure success. In doing so, Dali invokes high expectations, on which he does not deliver.

Before I continue I should clarify that I know nothing of painting, or of Dali; I have seen sever
дуже хороша книжка про те, що все-таки насамперед художникові варто вміти малювати коників – а потім уже проводити хоч які експерименти.

Итак, следует признать: почти все современные художники забыли о традициях старых мастеров, и мы больше не вольны делать то, что нам хочется, - "мы делаем то, что получается". Существует испанская пословица, которой народная мудрость определяет плохих художников: "Если получится с бородой - значит, будет святой Антоний, если без бороды - Непорочное зачатие". Пик
If you want to traverse through Dali's weird brain, I recommend this book. It is also an excellent book on painting, but you have to filter through all the madness that is Dali.
I wish I had found this book when I was going through my teenage fascination with Dali. There are answers to so many questions I had back then in this book. Some of them are answers about oil painting techniques, others explore Dali's subject matter--although mostly indirectly. Still others provide a theoretical foundation for the connection of the soul to one's art. For example, I have been pondering the implications on focus, restraint, and composure in his statement that "The true painter mus ...more
The book has many interesting illustrations or sketches by the author
i realy like it.
Im looking forward..!
Goldie Katsu
Brilliant, thought provoking, and surreal (of course). Have had many good discussions from this book. (Got here from the Book of Lenses.)

I love how his personality and ego come through, but his writing inspires tapping into the subconscious and even where I don't agree the book makes me think.
Eman AlRaesi

In this book Dali gives his opinions on art and discuss some bizarre methods to get his creativity flowing and gives you as the title suggests 50 secrets on how to be a painter like he is (allmost)
highly recommended if you're into art or philosophy, i don't think it's an art manual though
Jan 22, 2010 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
This book is so amazing. I can't wait to read it. Many thanks to Janet for the perfect birthday present!
Mar 27, 2008 Troy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Good supplement. Read and read again to figure out what he is saying... then a year later it will make sense!
Ichiro Mito
Mar 04, 2008 Ichiro Mito rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ichiro by: The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL
WEird. REally weird... but some useful information on... painting and Dali's psychology.
The perfect blend of genius and insanity. A must read for all people of intellect.
a must if youre looking to improve your skill in the fine arts.
Charles Baudelaire
Lot's of little painting secrets if you sift through it enough.
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Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquis of Púbol, was a Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931.

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