The Wines of Gala
Last time it was published in 1978, “The Wines of Gala” is Salvador Dalí’s amazing guide to wine grapes and their origin. Its filled with more than 140 appropriated artworks and collages collected and created by Salvador Dalí, the book is an equally surreal follow-up to TASCHEN’s reprinting of the artist’s cookbook “Les Diners de Gala”. In addition to the Jean-François Millet’s “The Angelus”, which is a constant point of reference in Dali’s works, visuals include a Bacchus-like kitten, and some sort of tableau vivant which featuring Dali himself.
In keeping with the Dalí’s efforts to create artwork based on his memories, dreams, and emotions. The artist organized the wines in the book by how they influenced his mood. The groupings are appropriately imaginative classifications including such section titles as “Wines of Frivolity,” “Wines of the Impossible,” and “Wines of Light.” There is also a section in the book which outlines Dalí’s method of ordering wine by emotional experience, quoting the artist’s famous credo: “A real connoisseur does not drink wine but tastes of its secrets.”
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