Salvador Dali: The Making of an Artist

This extensive volume uncovers Dali’s influences, artistic development, and legacy, offering unprecedented access inside the world of the man behind the mustache. Through astute analysis of Dali’s work and how the events of his time converged with his drive to become a legend, this volume examines one of the most significant contributors to twentieth-century art. Although recognized primarily as a painter, Dali experimented with a wide range of media. This comprehensive review includes the literature, photography, film, and sculpture that influenced and was created by Dali throughout his career, from paintings such as The Persistence of Memory, to the icons of the surrealist movement such as the Mae West Lips Sofa and the Lobster Telephone, to short film collaborations with Luis Buñuel. The author offers insight into this undisputed genius, charting Dali’s progression as an artist and controversial public figure, and demonstrating his influence on contemporary artists such as Warhol, Koons, and Murakami.

About The Author

Catherine Grenier, chief curator of the Centre Pompidou, has published monographs on Christian Boltanski and Annette Messager.

  • Publish Date: March 05, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Art - Individual Artists - General
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Trim Size: 9-1/2 x 12
  • Pages: 280
  • US Price: $75.00
  • CDN Price: $75.00
  • ISBN: 978-2-08-020130-0


"This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand not just the artist, but also very important concepts of creativity, and his keen invention of celebrity…" ~The
"The fascinating and comprehensive book digs into Dali’s influences and his development as an artist as well as how he is viewed today." ~Antiques and the Arts Weekly
"In an age when many artists make their life their work, seeing no separation between the two, it's important to revisit Dalí. The Making of an Artist allows us to do so, through a tandem overview of his life events and art production, accompanied by the works of artists who he influenced. The book is, in short, as genius and endlessly fascinating as its subject."

Author Bookshelf: Catherine Grenier