By Salvador Dali
Rare, very important quantity within which famed Surrealist expounds — in his inimitably eccentric model — on what portray will be, the background of portray, what's solid and undesirable portray, the benefits of particular artists, and extra. comprises his 50 "secrets" for learning the craft, together with "the mystery of the painter's pointed mustaches."
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It is also the only one of your brushes which may touch a small amount of rectified turpentine, and your movements will inevitably be slow, monotonous and parsimonious. After the under-painting, turpentine must never be added to your media except on extremely rare occasions. The round, short brush you will use for your “over-painting” Here you will need a fine sable brush, for the matter in which you work, which must grow more fluid as it becomes richer, requires more suppleness of your brush. Thus the finer the transparencies you wish to produce, the more supple must be your brushes, and these can acquire suppleness only by becoming longer and more slender.
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The eclat of the romantics is that of a fire in a strawpile. 4. If you understand your painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it. 5. Painting, as Leonardo da Vinci proved, is superior to all the other arts, because it is directed to the most noble and divine of all the organs, the eye. To compare the ear to the eye would be as absurd ae to compare the nose to the ear. "Post-Cézannism” has erected into a system every one of the clumsinesses and the deficiencies of Cézanne and painted square mile after square mile of canvases with these defects.
50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship by Salvador Dali