Dali is one of the most important surrealistic painters and most eccentric ofll artists of the Modern Age.
His old-school techniques contrasted sharply with the other Surrealists, which led to his expulsion from the group. Death, decay and destruction are often repeated themes, influenced by Max Ernst, Iorgio de Chirico and the writing of Sigmund Freud.
He described his styles a 'paranoid-critical method'. Sexual and religious content is mixed with lightly subjective and personal sensations. Dali's oeuvre extends beyond painting to include sculptures, films, jewellery and glass objects.
His life as marred by an early identity crisis, which lead to Dali living his life between exaggerated self-promotion and psychological self-destruction. Gala,is wife and muse, was always able to save him from the latest crisis.
But it's Dali himself who invented himself as a commercial object.
About the Author
Linde Salber is a Doctor of Psychology. She teaches at the University of Cologne and specialises in the psychological analysis of artists' lives and their work.
|Self-dramatisation from the beginning: the exaltation of his early years (1904-1922)||p. 1|
|A holy trickster: how to study art (1922-1928)||p. 20|
|The riddle of the sur-real: unknown horizons of reality (1929-1939)||p. 42|
|Shaman of the moderns: transatlantic artfulness (1939-1948)||p. 68|
|New York/Paris/Port Lligat: Spanish renaissance (1948-1959)||p. 86|
|On top of his world: between pop art and pomp art (1960-1969)||p. 104|
|The grand drama: living and dying in a total work of art (1970-1989)||p. 122|
|Picture Sources||p. 160|
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Published: 25th October 2008
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