Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali: Similarities and Contrasts (A. Reynolds Morse, 1973).

Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali: Similarities and Contrasts
by A. Reynolds Morse, 1973.

If you're in the mood to read a book about how Salvador Dali is superior to Pablo Picasso in every way, then this book is for you.  This thesis should not be surprising; after all, the book is written by 20th century's greatest Dali cheerleader: A. Reynolds Morse.

The book stays true to its title, providing Morse's opinion of the major similarities and differences between the two greatest artists of the last century. 

The juxtaposition of Dali and Picasso images related to same/similar themes provides an interesting glimpse into Picasso's invention followed by Dali's interpretation.  Of course, in many ways, Picasso is shown to have set the stage for Dali, though according to Morse, Dali did it better.

It is ultimately up to the reader to decide who was better, but Morse is transparent in his devotion to Dali.

A number of filler texts are included in this volume, such as Picasso i Yo (Spanish holograph text, 1951) and its English translation.  Most of the texts are largely uninteresting and their inclusion was clearly to fill up space.

This book is quite uncommon, however it is readily available for fewer than $20.

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