A neat little catalog if you can find a copy. Expect to pay about $20 or so for one of these, though you may have a difficult time locating one.
Salvador Dali Museum
St. Petersburg, Florida
Commemorative Guide to Morse Collection (1985)
This "short" catalog lives up to its name with a diminutive size (8.25" sq.) and an unpaginated length of 22 pages.
Dali: Nature Morte Vivante
The Reynolds Morse Foundation (1956)
Fine Arts Publication Number Four
Dali In The Nude
by Manuel del Arco (1984).
Thie author's stated purpose is to discover the way Dali really is, not the way he wants to show himself. The book presents the dialog of a number of personal interviews del Arco did with Dali from 1948 to some time before the original 1952 publication date.
by Louis Pauwels
with Salvador Dali
translated from the original French by Eleanor R. Morse (1985).
It was many years before I even realized that this book exists. As one of only 500 copies, it was rather difficult to find one for purchase.
The origin of the monologues in this book are the recorded, edited, conversations between Pauwels and Dali circa 1966-1967. Topics covered are: Gala, death, glory, gold, eroticism, monarchy, god and the angels, the railway station at Perpignan, etc.
However, don't expect to learn too much about Dali's thoughts on these subjects directly. As symbolic and subjective as Dali's graphic works are, his words are far more misdirected by symbolism, contradiction, and nonlinear logic. In essence, Dali seems to apply his Paranoic-critical method to his spoken word just as freely as to his art.
For instance, the chapter on gold begins with Dali recounting his childhood practice of retaining his stools. Apparently the subject of gold inspired in him a logical connection to something he valued as a child like a precious metal--his poop!
The Tragic Myth of Millet's Angelus
by Salvador Dali,
translated by Eleanor R. Morse (1986).
Sure, one can glean from this book a basic understanding of Dali's paranoia-critical method. However, one may not be able to follow the logic with which Dali connects various memories, visions, and experiences to Millet's Angelus.
I was able to follow some of the connections, but others were so loosely connected that I just couldn't follow the association.
I must say that I did come away with an understanding behind the existence of the twilight atmosphere in many of Dali's works, and I think I know why Dali paints so many desolate landscapes largely devoid of foliage. Other than that, most of Dali's symbolism is largely personal to himself, and this book doesn't really clear up that issue.
Truly mind-blowing reading for sure, which leads me to exclaim that the only difference between Dali and LSD is that Dali was not on LSD! Or was he?
This book is limited to 500 copies and is therefore extremely difficult to attain. You can expect to pay $90 and up for a copy of this book which had a sticker price of $15.95 when it was published.
DALI … A Panorama of His Art
by Salvador Dali Museum (1974)
- First, the 93 oils in the Morse collection at the time, reproduced in color and in black & white (about half and half). Reproductions are actual size unless otherwise noted.
- Next, Morse notes on the paintings and masterworks, which is the highlight of the book. The Morse notes are replete with illustrations of Dali’s house, family, and inspirations for his artwork. You won’t find this kind of scholarly information about Dali anywhere else!
- Finally, Morse notes about Dali’s homeland, so valuable to understanding Dali’s early influences and continuing inspiration.
- Plus additional essays written by A. Reynolds Morse and Eleanor Morse.
Comes with a dust jacket and a deep blue cloth-covered hard cover. This book is extremely rare, and if you are lucky enough to find a copy, it may cost $40 or more.
One warning, there are copies of this book in which some of the color plates are flawed. I observed that some part of the printing is offset from another part of the printing. I don’t know much about the printing process, but it seems that the prints are made in multiple applications of color to the paper. On some prints, it appears that one application of color is not in line with another, making for a blurred or faulty print. Not all copies of this book have the flaw.
Dali’s Animal Crackers
by A. Reynolds Morse (1993)
Being written by Morse, this book is filled with many colorful anecdotes, most of which I have not read before in any other Morse publication.
But beyond this, the organization of the book is unique indeed. It is set up by sections devoted to the animals, insects, etc. that appear in Dali’s oeuvre. It is fully-illustrated, though not in color.
The first is Portrait of a Duck (1918). I cannot find any reference to this painting anywhere in my extensive Dali book library. It is not listed in the tome Dali: The Paintings.
The book is oblong like the other Morse publications and has a dark blue leatherette hard cover with gold lettering. It is issued with a dust jacket. If you can find a copy of this book, you might pay from $50 to well over $100 depending on the quality.
A Guide to Works by Salvador Dali in Public Museum Collections
published by The Dali Museum, Cleveland Ohio (1974, second edition)
At more than 30 years old, the information in this guide is considerably outdated, so it is more of a snapshot in time than anything else.
All of the reproductions are in black and white, and the whereabouts of more than 80 Dali works are detailed here.
Other than the original frontispiece drawing, and a couple of other illustrations unique to this book, another highlight are the four designs for scarves. Other than that, you won’t find reproductions of any works here that you won’t find anywhere else.
This book is an oblong softcover. It is somewhat rare although not in high demand. You can expect to pay about $30 for a decent copy of this book, but possibly less if you hold out for the occasional online auction.
1997 softcover; 2000 hardcover
Either of these catalogs is a must-have for any fan of Salvador Dalí.