Books about Salvador Dalí
Considered one of the greatest exponents of twentieth century art, Salvador Dalí forged his own style by means of his transgressive personality and unique creativity that made him the model and reference of the Surrealist movement.
The books on Salvador Dalí published by Dosde explore the life and work of this multi-talented artist, who stood out for his ability to project his own legend to the public through the pioneering use of the media. Within their pages you will discover some of the keys to this controversial and enigmatic figure, who shaped his obsessions in a rich iconographic universe that still continues to surprise for its groundbreaking character.
The total artist
Salvador Dalí i Domènech was a man driven by an insatiable curiosity. Throughout his life, the artist became interested in disciplines as varied as psychoanalysis, physics, cinema, fashion and religion, which enabled him to expand his creative resources.
Because of this restless nature, the painter –born in the bosom of a wealthy family from Figueres, in northern Catalonia, as is explained in the biography on Dalí– experimented in his youth with Impressionism, Cubism and Neoclassicism and eventually evolved towards Surrealism, developing a style based on the use of oneiric images and the exploration of the subconscious.
At the peak of popularity, Dalí alternated his artistic activity with the consolidation of his own legend, using the power of the television and the press and carrying out a pioneering approach to mass culture that did not stop him however from exploring the ultimate limits of art until his very last days. All this evolution is captured in the books that analyse Salvador Dalí's works.
The road to success
The books on Salvador Dalí explain how the artist exhibited a strong artistic personality from his student days. His deep knowledge of tradition and alternative cultural trends led the painter to repeatedly rebel against an academic system that he considered obsolete, to the point that he even came to be expelled from the Escuela de Bellas Artes (the School of Fine Arts) for undermining his teachers, an episode covered in the long list of fascinating facts about Dalí. At the same time, the innate ability of the artist to draw from and appropriate the most diverse of styles quickly positioned him as one of the great promises of his generation.
After a period of experimentation in the context of the Spanish avant-garde scene, where he came into contact with figures such as the film director Luis Buñuel and the writer Federico García Lorca, Dalí finally showed off all his potential when he joined forces with the Surrealist movement, which helped him achieve international recognition.
The emergence of Dalí in the movement led by André Breton was marked by the figure of Gala, the woman that from 1929 would convert into the painter's muse and inseparable partner. Originally from the Russian city of Kazán and the former partner of the surrealist poet Paul Éluard, Gala would inspire some of the artist's most famous works, such as the Great Masturbator, whose genesis is explained in the books on Dalí.
The mediatic star
From the 1930's, Dalí started to distance himself from the Surrealist movement. The books about Salvador Dalí delve into episodes such as the disagreements between the painter and the poet André Breton or the first trips to the United States, which helped reinforce the artist's creative autonomy.
During this period of artistic consolidation, Dalí became an expert in taking advantage of the amplifying effect of the media, and experimented with all kinds of tools to spread his artistic universe. The painter was keen to transfer his pictorial ideas to real surroundings, and converted each of his appearances into a creative act intended to attract public attention. Through the integration of surrealist language into everyday life, the artist not only anticipated the phenomenon of the performances, but also helped blur the boundaries between academic tradition and popular culture.
The culmination of his career
In the seventies, when Salvador Dalí was in the final stages of his professional life, the artist was totally dedicated to the creation of the Dalí Theatre-Museum of Figueres. Inaugurated in the year 1974, the centre became a representation of the singular inner world of the artist, both for its design as for its collection, ranging from the pictorial incursions of his adolescence to the experiments that he carried out in his final years.