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Robert Radford analyses the artist's complex personality and the rich variety of his work against the background of ideological and political conflict that erupted in the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War. He traces Dali's career from the crucial early years in the Spanish town of Figueras to membership of the Surrealist group in 1930s' Paris, then on to New York and Hollywood, where his purposefully extravagant behaviour made him a media star. Radford succeeds in making the reader rethink and re-evaluate the work of one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century.
|1||False Memories and Real Passions: Growing up in Catalunya||9|
|2||Modern Painters in their White Studios: The Student Years||39|
|3||Illuminated Pleasures: Arrival in Paris||85|
|4||Systematized Confusion: The Surrealist Years||133|
|5||Living in the Atomic Era: Dali and America||195|
|6||Wearing the Uniform of the Celebrity: Dali and the World||247|
|7||Spectacles and Illusions: The Museums of Dali||295|
|8||The Persistence of the Embarrassing Genius: Reappraising Dali||319|
Posted April 13, 2010
I come to this book with no art background. I have known of Dali's paintings for many years and acquired this book on impulse. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The insight into the artist and how he fit in with other contemporary artists is very interesting. I find the political aspect of Dali's work quite surprising. The author's explanations of the artist's expression leaves me with a much greater understanding of the surrealist's work. I can recommend the book as a really good first look at Dali.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.