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50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship by Salvador Dalí, trans. Haakon M Chevalier.

Dali Chevalier 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship

This book on magical methods was justifiably recommended by O.T.O. Frater Superior Hymenaeus Beta for the study of Thelemic occultists. Although many of the secrets concern pigments and paintings, the most important of them have to do with perception, imagination, and discipline, and will be useful in any art, including sorcery. 

The economical Dover edition even retains the original color plates, moving them to the inside covers; and of course the book is full of wonderful black and white illustrations by the author.

Surrealist Painting 1919-1939

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Surrealist Painting 1919-1939 by Jose Pierre:

Jose Pierre's Surrealist Painting 1919-1939


This tiny softcover book has eleven unnumbered pages of text, illustrated by fifteen plates; or fifteen plates contextualized by a brief essay, depending on how you look at it. The page size is roughly that of a postcard, and the plates are in full color.

Pierre’s essay provides a thumbnail history of Surrealism before 1940, with emphasis on painting. He is no fan of Salvador Dali, despite the inclusion of two Dali paintings among the plates. He does extol the work of Rene Magritte, who also rates the inclusion of two paintings. The other artists so highlighted are Giorgio de Chirico and Max Ernst.

The book is an admirably efficient overview of its topic. [via]



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