Article by Bárbara Borges de Campos // Mar. 02, 2020
For the recently published tome, ‘Dalí: The Paintings’ (Taschen), researchers Robert Descharnes and Gilles Néret located previously unpublished painted works by one of the most emblematic and eccentric figures of modernism: Salvador Dalí. The 752-page book is the most comprehensive study of the artist’s painterly work to date and goes beyond the efforts of a catalogue raisonné, with each piece and time period historically contextualized and interpreted. Organized chronologically, the first section follows Dalí’s career from unknown artist through his experiments with various isms (Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, etc.) through to his arrival at what was eventually deemed Surrealism. The second section examines his legacy and contains much of the previously unseen work the two researchers found.
Some of the previously unpublished works include homages to Velázquez and Michaelangelo, and one of the most significant arguments made in the book about Dalí’s oeuvre concerns his interest in the old masters. His desire to understand the intricacies of their works, particularly that of Velázquez (Dalí wanted to be a mid-20th century version of the Spanish artist), led Dalí to become Dalí.
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