50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship by Salvador Dali

By Salvador Dali

Rare, vital quantity during which famed Surrealist expounds — in his inimitably eccentric model — on what portray could be, the heritage of portray, what's stable and undesirable portray, the benefits of particular artists, and extra. comprises his 50 "secrets" for studying the craft, together with "the mystery of the painter's pointed mustaches."

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If I say that this book is actually to be the book of justice, I must add that the eternity of this book will be that of its inexorable truth; for I shall be faithful to truth to the very marrow of the bones of aesthetics, and let the reader not be frightened at hearing them often cracking between the vigorous hands of my brain. Thus, let this be said: Modern painters having almost totally lost the technical tradition of the ancients, we can no longer do what we want to do. ” Picasso, whose case is even more dramatic than Cézanne's (more gifted to begin with, destructive and anarchistic rather than constructive and patriarchal), has often quoted this proverb to me, taking it for his own and applying it as a devise to his own manner of painting.

Translation of: 50 secretos “magicos” para pintar. Originally published: New York : Dial Press, 1948. Includes index. ) 1. Painting—Technique. 2. Color in art. I. Chevalier, Haakon, 1902–. II. Title. III. Title: Fifty secrets of magic craftsmanship. com Contents Index of the Secrets Clear and Brief Prologue Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five DEDICATION At the age of six I wanted to be Napoleon—and I wasn't. At the age of fifteen I wanted to be Dali and I have been. At the age of twenty-five I wanted to become the most sensational painter in the world and I achieved it.

The day arrives when he feels an itching to begin his work, when it is already stirring within him. This is the propitious moment for the intervention of Dalinian magic. Every enforced inactivity, before the impatience to act, becomes accumulated into creative force which, so to speak, is purified, directed. The essences separate into their hierarchies, and sleep, oriented in the direction of the realization of desire, ferments, sparkles, miraculously resolves itself and selects. What you prevent yourself from doing and force yourself not to do, the dream will do with all the lucidity of desire and without any of the blindnesses consubstantial with your champing gluttony and the grating hyperchloridities of your still-green fruit.

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