Salvador Dali's Art and Writing, 1927-1942: The Metamorphosis of Narcissus (Res Monographs in Anthropology and Aesthetics)

Salvador Dali's Art and Writing, 1927-1942: The Metamorphosis of Narcissus (Res Monographs in Anthropology and Aesthetics)

By: Haim Finkelstein (author)Paperback

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This book examines the evolution of Dali's art during the 1920s and 1930s when he was associated first with the Catalan avant-garde and then with the Surrealist group in Paris. During this period, Dali's painting style changed radically, a phenomenon which has never been fully accounted for in the extensive literature on this subject. Haim Finkelstein demonstrates that Dali's writing, in which he explicated theoretical systems such as Paranoia-Criticism and other ideas adopted from Freud, were important for the active and critical role that they played in his development as an artist and often controversial figure. His 1996 study examines these writings in detail as the foundation for the evolution of Dali's unique artistic vision.


Part I. Under the Sign of Saint Sebastian: 1. Lorcaean aesthetics, Cubism, and metaphysical painting stylistic developments until 1926; 2. Saint Sebasti... and the proto-surrealist paintings of 1927; 3. Words and images - freedom and the perception of limits; 4. Fear and desire - the initial phase of Dali's Aesthetics of Repugnance; Part II. Under the Sign of the Great Masturbator: 5. From anti-art to surrealism; 6. Dali, Bunuel and Un Chien andalou; 7. From Un Chien andalou to The Great Masturbator; 8. Le Grand Masturbateur and the paintings of 1929-30; Part III. Under the Sign of William Tell: 9. Revolt, defiance, and scatological provocation; 10. The omnipotence of love - Gala vs. William Tell; 11. The morphological aesthetics of the soft and hard and the search for form; 12. From symbolic functioning to 'Beings-Objects' - Dali and the surrealist object; Part IV. Under the Sign of the Angelus: 13. Paranoia-criticism - concept and theory; 14. From paranoiac intuition to conceptualization - double and multiple images; 15. Paranoiac mechanisms in The Tragic Myth of Millet's Angelus and in Dali's shorter writings; Part V. Under the Sign of Narcissus: 16. The metamorphosis of Narcissus and the dialectics of fragmentation and wholeness; 17. To become Classic - rejection of earlier surrealist attitudes and the abandonment of Freudian theory; 18. I Renounce Nothing: I Continue - observations on Dali's art and writing in the 1940s and after; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780521639255
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 354
  • ID: 9780521639255
  • weight: 700
  • ISBN10: 0521639255

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