By Jackie De Burca, Creator of Travel Inspires
Salvador Dalí at Home explores the influence of Catalan culture and tradition, Dalí's home life and the places he lived, on his life and work.
Dalí was born in Figueres and was deeply connected to the area.
Fully illustrated with over 150 illustrations of his famous work, as well as lesser known pieces, archive imagery, contemporary landscapes and personal photographs, the book provides uniquely accessible insight into the people and places that shaped this iconic artist and how the homes and landscapes of his life relate to his work.
Book review featured in Venue Magazine, the arts magazine for South East England
Goodreads reviews of digital copy
Reviewed by Katrina
This is ARC digital copy from NetGalley and White Lion Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Salvador Dalí at Home is very detailed overview of the artist, starting with his family’s circumstances before his birth right up to his death in 1989. There’s also numerous pictures of the artist and his works peppered throughout the book.
I’m sure in a large hardback format they will look absolutely spectacular, unfortunately I was reading this through the kindle app on my phone so they weren’t nearly as impressive to look at.
The text is obviously very well researched and incredibly informative. De Burca has sourced numerous works and biographies and refers to them throughout.
What I also quite liked about this book was how De Burca let the facts speak for themselves and kept any speculation about the artist’s motivations or feelings to an absolute minimum.
Overall, I really enjoyed this biography, particularly De Burca’s description of his childhood years which clearly helped shape the man he became.
I feel this book was aimed at someone like me who quite liked what they’d seen of his work, but knew next to nothing of the artist himself.
Does feel slightly unfortunate that I came away with an incredibly deep dislike of Dali himself, and am completely aligned with George Orwell’s opinion of him.
Although, perhaps others maybe more sympathetic.
Reviewed by Sheila Lord
If your a Salvador Dali fan you’ll love this book......even if your not a fan you’ll enjoy reading about his life and the book has many pictures of not only him as a child with his family and an him as an adult but also pictures of his wonderful artwork....
Reviewed by Janet
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher ---
Salvador Dalí at Home explores the influence of Catalan culture and tradition, Dalí's home life and the places he lived, on his life and work. Dalí was born in Figueres and was deeply connected to the area. Even now he is closely connected to the region – from Figueres to Cadaqués to Púbol is known as the Dalí triangle.
Fully illustrated, the book features Dalí’s paintings together with archive images and photographs of the surrounding landscape to provide an insight into how people and places shaped this iconic artist and how the homes and landscapes of his life relate to his work.
Dali is one of my favourite artists (and a big part of the movie "Dead Again") but I knew nothing about him aside from the crazy moustache. and the fact that there HAD to be a story behind his work. What a story!!! I now "get" his work and appreciate it more on a deeper level: the book was written in a clear, concise manner that made it entertaining and informative.
If you love art and Dali you want to read this book: if you love a great biography, this has a place on your reading list, too.
Reviewed by Jackie
Salvador Dali has fascinated art lovers for decades, and this book explores the influences which shaped who he was as a person and as an artist. Dali grew up a privileged only child in the early 1900's in Spain. His family indulged all his whims and desires. Dali was a standout at his Art School, although he cunningly managed to effect his dismissal during those years.
He longed to travel to Paris to explore the open, free environment there, and his wishes came to fruition.
The photographs of locales, people and his works help to illuminate how this artistic genius came to be.
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