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 maestroSalvador Dalíto 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 alimited art edition in 1984 that has since long sold out, making Dalíthe 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 all78 cardsin a fresh celebration of Dalí’s inimitable custom set, complete witha booklet by renowned German tarot author Johannes Fiebigoffering:
anintroduction to Dalí’s lifeand the project’s making-of
acomprehensive explanation of each card’s composition, its meaning, and practical advice
step-by-step instructionson how to perform readings
ajargon-free approachsimplifying tarot for the newcomer
Johannes Fiebig, born in Cologne in 1953, is one of the most successful authors on Tarot and a leading expert of the psychological interpretation of symbols and oracles. His main field of interest focuses on the use of Tarot and other symbolic languages as humanistic, psychological tools.
Deck of 78 tarot cards with booklet in box, 18.8 x 33 cm (7.4 x 13 in.), 1.65 kg (3.62 lb), 184 pages