This is Dalí

By Catherine Ingram, Illustrated by Andrew Rae

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  • Hardback
  • 50 illustrations
  • 80 pages
  • 9 x 6¾ ins
  • ISBN 9781780671093
  • Published April 2014

Salvador Dalí is one of the most popular artists in the world, known for his lavish lifestyle, gravity-defying moustache, and bizarre art. This book tells the story of Dalí's life and explores the meaning of his Surrealist paintings. It goes beyond his fine art practice and discusses his venture into the commercial world from his extravagant jewelry to his cheeky design for the Chupa Chups lollipops. Surrealism is revealed as a way of life; illustrations bring to life the extraordinary Dream Ball at the Coq Rouge, his fabulous home at Port Lligat, and his underwater fantasy at the World Fair's Surrealist pavilion. Fun, provoking, and endlessly frustrating, Dalí is brought under the spotlight.

Catherine Ingram brings her specialized knowledge to the book, while Andrew Rae, an award-winning illustrator, vividly portrays the text.

About the Author

Catherine Ingram is a freelance art historian. She obtained First Class Honours at Glasgow University as a Honeyman scholar. After an MA in 19th-Century Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Catherine received her D.Phil. Catherine has taught on the MA course at Christie’s, lectured at Imperial College, as well as run courses at the Tate Gallery. She was a personal assistant at South London Gallery. She lives with her family in London.

Andrew Rae is an illustrator and member of the illustration collective Peepshow. He studied at Brighton University and has worked for many clients worldwide in advertising, print, publishing and animation. He currently lives and works in London.

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Family life / Schoolboy memories
Quiet moments
Cadaques and the Cap de Creus Peninsula
A morphing reality
The comfort of strangers
The washroom studio
A visual mind and a precocious talent
The Academy of San Fernando, Madrid, 1922-26
Dalí's metamorphosis
Dalí's art, 1922-26
The extraordinary in the ordinary
The naked lady
Dalí in Paris
Dabbling with Surrealism, 1927-28
Honey is Sweeter than Blood
Sur-reality in film
A Surrealist battleground: 'blood, shit and putrefaction'
The Child King meets his queen
Queen Gala
Joining Surrealism
Dalí's chest of drawers
Dalí disowned
Playing king and queen in Paris
Off with the robes
The Persistence of Memory
Madness and Dalí's paranoiac-critical method
A trial turns into a striptease
A trip to America
The Dream Ball
Prodigal son or political coward?
The surreal object
Refining double vision
Bonwit Teller store
The Dream of Venus
Surreal business
Surreal pleasure
Dalí and Hollywood
Return to Spain
Dalí's place in celebrity culture
The Queen's castle
The inner court
A ruthless pursuit
A new mysticism
Port Lligat
The only Surrealist museum in the world
Financial scandals
Surreal ends

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