DALI
Chants de Maldoror
LAUTRÉAMONT

Albert Skira, Paris, 1934
Dali illustrated many books, but Chants de Maldoror is his masterpiece, the most influential Surrealist book, a virtual textbook of Surrealism. The etchings are immediately recognizable including the famous melting watch. Forty copies of the edition of 210 are enhanced by small etchings in the margins with which Dali explains the images in the text. The 1930's were the zenith of his work, after which there was a gradual decline culminating in art and books which were a mere shadow of the earlier creations. After Chants de Maldoror, Dali illustrated other Modern Illustrated Books, some of which were large productions.

Displayed on this website are the important books by three Spaniards - Dali, Picasso and Miró. The fourth, Juan Gris, is not represented because his books, more in the form of pamphlets, although fascinating in many respects, do not rise to the level of the others. All of his books were produced by Henry Kahnweiler (Galerie Simon). Of particular interest are Le Coupez Pas Mademoiselle by Max Jacob and A Book Concluding With A Wife Has A Cow by Gertrude Stein.



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