Clyde Butcher’s Visions of Dali’s Spain
The Dalí Museum sought Clyde’s talents to capture the spirit of Dalí’s Mediterranean home, located in one of the world’s most dramatic landscapes. Join Clyde on his journey to Cadaqués in this beautiful hardcover book.
JOURNEY TO CADAQUES In this collection of photographs, Clyde delivers an immersive and inspiring glimpse into Salvador Dalí’s homeland. For Dalí, the landscape of Spain was always an essential feature of his work and outlook on life. Clyde traveled to the village of Cadaqués, where Dalí spent summers growing up, to Dalí’s house in Port Lligat and to the rugged region of Cap de Creus – all areas featured prominently in Dalí’s works. Delivering a peek into his psyche, this photographic collection takes viewers on a journey through the Catalonian region of Spain. Clyde sought out the physical locations of Dalí’s painted landscapes, exploring bays, mountains, valleys and beaches, capturing them on film. Clyde’s photographs document the reality of Dalí’s painted dreamscapes. Questions or to order by phone 941-486-0811.
Book DetailsHardcover book measuring 12” x 9.25”
This hardcover book features 45 new Clyde Butcher landscapes, five double-page spreads
97 semigloss pages
Text throughout about Dali’s connection with his environment
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dalí’s Spain, at The Dalí Museum
First edition ©2018 The Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, Florida
A word from ClydeThere I was, with my wife and daughter, setting up my camera while the Tramuntana wind was howling around us. We were laughing at the strength of the wind and marveling at the storm clouds rushing through the sky above us. We were in Spain visiting the home environment of Salvador Dalí, and I felt like I was dreaming. Many people know that photographers Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Wynn Bullock have influenced me, but very few know that Salvador Dalí was also a major influence in my photography. I have long admired the unique flavor of his work. The compositions are intriguing and his ability to be true to his own way of expressing his view of the world has always been an inspiration. One of the first museums I visited after moving to Florida was the Salvador Dalí Museum when it first opened in 1982in St. Petersburg at an old rehabilitated marine warehouse. It was the first time I had seen the original images he painted, and I was deeply impressed. And, for the first time, I noticed that he included an environment in the majority of his images.
Visions of Dali’s Spain"The intellectual, artistic, and cultural currents of our era may be traced through Dali’s life. All lines seem to traverse his artistic production in literature, painting, printmaking, cinema, performance and exposition. Perspectives on Dali through other artists have yielded new understandings and produced transformative exhibitions. From da Vinci to Warhol, Picasso, and Schiaparelli, The Dali Museum has explored many of these intersections and has more to uncover and pursue. The presence of Clyde Butcher’s work at the Dali is similarly instructive. Yet there is more than an association of related passions for the land. Butcher assembled on Dali’s rocky coast a new body of work. We can feel in the photos Dali’s gaze as well as Butcher’s. So while his photographs are in one sense a tribute and a commentary on Dali’s land, they are also a hybrid, a luminous graft on the stalk of Dali’s imagination." -Hank Hine, Executive Director, The Dalí Museum
Accolades“Clyde invites us not only to appreciate the grandeur and beauty that Dalí saw in his region of Spain, but to look with new eyes, to contemplate Dalí’s earth and sky from a new perspective, one honed in the robust Florida environment." Peter Tush, Curator of Education, Dalí Museum.
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