by Dali, Salvador; translated by Haakon M. Chevalier
New York: The Dial Press, 1948. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good to Very Good. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Complete. 192 pages. B/w and color illustrations. Sound binding with intact hinges. Clean pages. Light wear to cover. Dust jacket has some wear and minor chipping to edges. Dali's self-absorbed explanation of what it takes to make great paintings and how he does so. The essay is a mix of art history, painting techniques, and philosophical musings, all written in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek, humorous, egotistical, and vastly entertaining manner. Some of his revelations include the secret of five different movements of the five types of burshes, the secret of the sea-urchin slumber, the secret of carnal abstinence and indulgence, the scret for constructing an arancarium, the secret of the painter's pointed mustache, the secret of Naples yellow, the secret that a painting should dry naturally, the secret of "wasp" medium (make sure not to remove the stinger), and many more. Rather scarce with a nice dust jacket.
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