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A New Book Contains Dozens of Rare Photos of Salvador Dalí’s Seaside Home and Studio

December 5, 2023

Grace Ebert

a mirrored dresser with a draw open to be full of paintbrushes. on top is a white plate with glasses, bottles of various colored liquids, and a wooden sculpture

All images © Coco Capitán and Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, VEGAP, Barcelona, courtesy of Apartamento, shared with permission

A perfectly ovoid egg perched atop a dovecote, a taxidermy rhino with a wide, outstretched wingspan, and a sleek pink couch in the shape of Mae West’s lips are not uncommon sights in the seaside home of Salvador Dalí (previously). Now compiled in a revealing new book published by Apartamento, rare photographs by Coco Capitán document the surrealist domain that vacillates between private space and architectural artwork in its own right.

Casa Dalíspans 96 pages of images that spotlight the small home on Spain’s Costa Brava that Dalí and his wife Gala bought in 1930 and transformed into a characteristically dreamlike space: a snarling lion peers out from under a geometric archway, small figurines stand guard encircling an outdoor water feature, and a regal canopy sweeps high above two identical beds. The slim volume also features an introduction by architect Oscar Tusquets, who was friends with Dalí and frequented the home where the artist spent the last 15 years of his life.

Captured in the summer light of golden hour that Dalí reportedly loved so much, Capitán’s photos glimpse the eccentric space while leaving some details—like the partially revealed contents of the artist’s bookshelves or a cabinet holding paints and other supplies—to the viewer’s imagination.

Casa Dalí is currently available from Apartamento. You also might enjoy Dalí’s cookbook and guide to wine. (via It’s Nice That)

a large white egg sits atop of a white structure with tree branches jutting out of it

a japanese style umbrella hangs from the ceiling over stairs lined with natural material. books are tucked in shelves below the curved staircase

a white stone exterior with a round archway cradling an egg. trees grow around the structure

a book spread open to two images. on the left is a taxidermy lion with snarling teeth. on the right is a rhino attached to birds wings over a window

four tire works hang on an outdoor wall with a pink couch shaped like lips in front of them. small statues stand in a water feature

a book spread open to one image of a yellow L-shaped couch with a window on the right side looking down to the beach with small fishing boats docked

two beds with red and purple bedding are side by side with a massive purple canopy sweeping overhead

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