Salvador Dali – one of the most famous surrealists – is probably best remembered for his bright personality, “lobster phone”, soft clock and mustache, “always pointing to the sky. But only a few of the artist’s ardent admirers know about his passion for the occult. One of the most striking examples – a deck of Tarot cards, which he was ordered for the film about James Bond, “Live and let die”, the first tape with Roger Moore in the lead role. However, these cards did not appear in the picture.
Now – 35 years later – Taschen Books decided to resurrect the Dali Tarot. The deck perfectly combines the artist’s knowledge of arcana and his signature motifs – faces without bodies, ants, roses and butterflies. He painted a moustache and goatee to the queen of cups, the moon was depicted as a female face looking at the modern metropolis, and Death – as a sinister skull in the crown of a cypress. Dali introduced himself as the magician and king of the Pentacle, and his wife Galya, of course, as the Empress. The 78 small works of surrealist art combine fragments of classic European masterpieces, Roman numerals and occult symbols.
The new edition of Dali’s Tarot cards is now available for sale for £50 or $65.