Diary Of A Genius (Solar Art Directives)

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Diary of a Geniusstands as one of the seminal texts of Surrealism, revealing the most astonishing and intimate workings of the mind of Salvador Dal, the eccentric polymath genius who became the living embodiment of Surrealism, the 20th century's most intensely subversive,disturbing and influential art movement. Dal's second volume of autobiography, Diary ofa Genius covers his life from 1952 to 1963, during which years we learn of his amour fou for his wife Gala, and their relationship both at home in Cadaqus and during bizarre world travels. We also learn how Dal draws inspiration from excrement, rotten fish and Vermeer's Lacemaker to enter his rhinocerontic period, preaching his post-holocaustal gospels of nuclear mysticism and cosmogenic atavism; and we follow the labyrinthine mental journeys that lead to the creation of such paintings as the Assumption, and his film script The Flesh Wheelbarrow.

This new expanded edition includes a brilliant and revelatory essay on Salvador Dal, and the importance of his art to the 20th century, by the author J. G. Ballard.


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