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Dalí. Tarot Paperback – Dec 1 2019
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The Magician, Death, and the Moon
Dalí poses as the Magician, his wife Gala becomes the Empress, and the death of Julius Caesar is reinterpreted as the Ten of Swords in the artist’s extraordinary custom tarot deck. First published in a 1984 limited edition that has since long sold out, this lush box set brings back all 78 cards, each dazzling in color, along with a companion book on the making-of and practical instructions.
Surrealism meets Symbolism in Salvador Dalí’s tarot deck
Legend has it that when preparing props for the James Bond film Live and Let Die, producer Albert Broccoli commissioned Surrealist maestro Salvador Dalí to create a custom deck of tarot cards. Inspired by his wife Gala, who nurtured his interest in mysticism, Dalí eagerly got to work, and continued the project of his own accord when the contractual deal fell through.
The work was published in a limited art edition in 1984 that has since long sold out, making Dalí the first renowned painter to create a completely new set of cards. Drawing on Western masterpieces from antiquity to modernity (including some of his own), Dalí seamlessly combined his knowledge of the arcane with his unmistakable wit. The result is a surreal kaleidoscope of European art history.
TASCHEN resurrects all 78 cards in a fresh celebration of Dalí’s inimitable custom set, complete with a booklet by renowned German tarot author Johannes Fiebig.
- An introduction to Dalí’s life and the project’s making-of
- A comprehensive explanation of each card’s composition, its meaning, and practical advice
- Step-by-step instructions on how to perform readings
- A jargon-free approach simplifying tarot for the newcomer
“Tarot cards with some major art clout.” ― Harper’s Bazaar
“This set has class.” ― Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
“Images of classic art and Christian symbolism with a signature Dalí twist... a very surreal deck of cards.” ― smithsonianmag.com
“With a revitalized public interest in alternative spiritualities that reach beyond the patriarchies of monotheistic religions, this tarot feels more relevant than ever.” ― dazeddigital.com
About the Author
Johannes Fiebig is one of the most successful authors in the field of Tarot and a leading expert in the psychological interpretation of symbols. He published his first book in 1984. Since then, his books have sold over 2 million copies, appearing in more than a dozen languages. In 1989, he co-founded and co-owned Königsfurt publishing house, which later became the publishing houses Königsfurt-Urania and AGM-Urania, of which he was managing director until 2018. Since then, he has been an independent writer based in Kiel.
- Publisher : Taschen America Llc; Multilingual edition (Dec 1 2019)
- Language : Multilingual
- Paperback : 184 pages
- ISBN-10 : 3836576120
- ISBN-13 : 978-3836576123
- Item weight : 1.65 kg
- Dimensions : 20.5 x 5.3 x 34.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #22 in Arts & Photography Books: Artists
- #29 in Tarot (Books)
- #46 in Art History by Theme & Concept
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On the downside, the cards are a bit too large to be easy to shuffle, and the card stock is rather flimsy. I don’t know how well they’ll stand up to regular use.
Overall, though, I love it.
The package is wonderful. Purple velvet & gold writing. The cards are fairly normal size, but the art work is typical Dali. For the price, I was very happy.