The following deck was published in the USA by the Dali Museum in
St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1990. Each of the court cards shows a different
painting by Dali. They come from different periods of his life.
The deck was published as a doubledeck with 2 different backdesigns. The shown deck has de "Halucinogenic Toreador" back.
|Salvador Dalí took over the Surrealist theory of automatism, but transformed it into a more positive method which he named `critical paranoia'. According to this theory one should cultivate genuine delusion as in clinical paranoia while remaining residually aware at the back of one's mind that the control of the reason and will has been deliberately suspended. His paintings employed a meticulous academic technique that was contradicted by the unreal `dream' space he depicted and by the strangely hallucinatory characters of his imagery. He described his pictures as `hand-painted dream photographs' and had certain favorite and recurring images, such as the human figure with half-open drawers protruding from it, burning giraffes, and watches bent and flowing as if made from melting wax||
Of course we know
Salvador Dali from his paintings and graphics. But he was more than just
a painter or graphic artist.
Dali has also been depicted in other decks. Here he is a a wide receiver on the 10 of Clubs from the Artball deck that was published in the US. A whole suit was dedicated to him in the "Ases de la Pintura" deck, that was published by Comas from Spain.
And browsing through our collection we found 5 cards with paintings by Dali in a deck that was printed by Carta Mundi from Turnhout, Belgium, and published by Y & B Associates Inc. in the USA as "Illusions in Art" in 1997.
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