This deck was printed by Comas from Barcelona, Spain, and published as "Poker Tarot Dali" in the late 1990's. The deck was derived from the Tarot Universal deck, that uses the Spanish suitcolours and has no indices. For the poker deck the French suit colours have been placed in the 4 corners, together with indices, while the Spanish suit colours are still to be seen in the design. 

Dalí's artistic development in painting has gone through various stages. He has tried cubisme, futurism and metaphysical painting before embrasing surrealism in the late 1920's. But in the 1930's he made several trips to Italy to study the techniques of the Italian masters from the 17th and 18th century. Not only did this improve his own technique, but he also adopted a more traditional style and lay-out.

 This and his political views (at that time he was a supporter of Franco, the Spanish dictator) lead to his expel from the surrealist group by André Breton.













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Salvador Dalí was known for his excentricity. A few examples to illustrate this:
In 1936 he arrived at the opening of the surrealist exhibition in London in a  diving suit.
While in the US he sent his wife Gala to a party in a hat shaped like a bleeding baby.

Dadaism is often seen as a prelude to surrealism. The absurdity of the Dadaists seems to have been easily incorporated by Dali into his excentricity.  

The Magician and The Empress from the Tarot deck serve as jokers in this deck.




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