The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Salvador Dali

The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Salvador Dali

by Angela Wenzel
     
 

This lively and fun introduction to Dali�s life and art focuses on eleven masterpieces, inviting readers to explore their imagination as they discover the works of the great artist.

The book presents the strange, humorous, and wildly inventive paintings of Salvador Dali. The author helps children unlock the mysteries of Dali�s artwork by explaining his use of

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This lively and fun introduction to Dali�s life and art focuses on eleven masterpieces, inviting readers to explore their imagination as they discover the works of the great artist.

The book presents the strange, humorous, and wildly inventive paintings of Salvador Dali. The author helps children unlock the mysteries of Dali�s artwork by explaining his use of detail, color and illusion. Each double-page spread in this delightful book explores a single work to illustrate the ideas and influences that shaped Dali�s work. The author introduces themes such as dream imagery, landscape painting, portraiture, and satire. Throughout the book, the artist�s sense of playfulness and mystery shine through, revealing to children the wondrous qualities of art.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
The Adventures in Art series adds two titles. The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Salvador Dali by Angela Wenzel focuses on the strange images in Dali's paintings. The author asks (and answers) such questions as what is hidden in the drawers in the woman's body in The Burning Giraffe, and why are there strange melting clocks in The Persistence of Memory? (the artist had eaten a gooey Camembert cheese the night he came up with the idea to add the clocks). Intriguing background information reveals the influence of such personal details plus the larger ideas of the day (such as Freud's) on Dali's work. Joseph Cornell: Secrets in a Box by Alison Baverstock explores the artist's unusual collages and collage boxes made of familiar objects, such as shells, owls, pictures of women in 19th-century dresses and images of the night sky. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Explaining Salvador Dali to children is no easy task. How can they understand his strange fascinations, his odd dream landscapes, and his distortion of reality? Wenzel succeeds by using a variety of techniques to provide insight into some of the artist's most important paintings. He examines each work with the help of anecdotes, historical facts, and biographical information. Questions draw attention to key elements in the paintings, as do enlarged details, sketches, and photographs. A variety of typefaces and colorful graphics add visual interest; there are no endpapers. The inside front cover tells the story of how Dal' had leaflets dropped over New York City that declared the right of each person to his own madness. In the back there is more information about all the illustrations used in the work, and about Dali's life and the Surrealists. A worthwhile entry in the Adventures in Art series. (Picture book/nonfiction. 10-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791329444
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
Adventures in Art Series
Pages:
30
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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