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Salvador Dal? (1904-89) was one of the most controversial and paradoxical artists of the twentieth century. A painter of considerable virtuosity, he used a traditional illusionistic style to create disturbing images filled with references to violence, death, cannibalism and bizarre sexual practices, from the extraordinary limp watches in The Persistence of Memory to the gruesome monster in Soft Construction with Boiled Beans: Premonition of Civil War and the fetishistic lobster in the famous Lobster Telephone.

Born in Figueras, Spain, Dal? was initially influenced by Impressionism and Cubism, but subsquently became involved with the Surrealists, the most revolutionary artists of the time. They regarded his paintings as revealing the normally hidden world of the unconscious. Indeed the Surrealistsโ€™ leader, Andr? Breton, remarked: โ€œIt is perhaps with Dal? that for the first time the windows of the mind are opened fully wideโ€. However, Breton later expelled him from the grou


Format: Paperback
Size: 305 ? 225 mm (12 ? 8 7/8 in)
Pages: 128 pp
Illustrations: 86 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714833385

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