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Magician, death and the moon: 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. Likely 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, the first-known Tarot deck completed by a well-known painter. Dating back to the Renaissance era, Tarot—thought by some to be an interpretation of dreams or a foretelling of the future—had seen a new surge of popularity during the 1970s hippie movement. Here, TASCHEN resurrects Dalí's fascinating deck of 78 cards, featuring compelling renditions of such characters and symbols as the Magician, the Lovers, the Moon, Death, the High Priest, and the Empress, in collage designs of drawings, icons, and color splashes. The deck is accompanied by a booklet by renowned German Tarot author Johannes Fiebig. Text in English, French, and German
A most rare and unusual Tarot deckLegend has it that when preparing props for the James Bond film "Live or Let Die," producer Albert Brocoli commissioned Salvador Dalí to create a custom deck of Tarot cards; the Spanish surrealist painter is said to have started work on the project, and when the contractual deal fell through, continued the work on his own. Dating back to the Renaissance era, Tarot—thought by some as an interpretation of dreams or a foretelling the future—had seen a new surge of popularity during the 1970s hippie movement. Dalí's set, the first known deck completed by a well known painter, was published in a limited art edition in 1984 in Spain. Now, TASCHEN resurrects this rare work, consisting of 78 cards (56 Minor Arcana color cards and 22 Major Arcana trump cards) and featuring such characters as the Magician, the Lovers, the Moon, Death, High Priest, and the Empress. A booklet by renowned German Tarot author Johannes Fiebig accompanies the re-edition of the deck.
About the Author
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 is concentrated on the use of Tarot and other symbolic languages as humanistic, psychological tools.