La persistenza della memoria di Salvador Dalì by Federico Zeri

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36. The secret of vermilion. 37. The secret of the incompatibility of ultramarine blue with the other colors. 38. The secret of cobalt blue. 39. The secret of cobalt violet. 40. The secret of “dream-veil” imprimaturas. 41. The secret of the “wasp” medium. 42. The secret of artificially pigmented cowrie shells, extremely useful for refining the painter's retina. 43. The secret whereby a painter may become a very rich man, that is to say, whereby he may produce gold with his colors. 44. The secret of the hanging egg of Piero della Francesca.

As for me, let me tell you that I sleep very soundly on the fact that posterity will some day accord much more importance to my three white, round sea perch eyes than to the egg of Columbus himself. And not only because each one of the former is worth three of the latter. Just consider this: Columbus's egg is a myth, whereas my three little balls are a discovery. He who laughs last laughs best! The painter is above all one who likes this and who does not like that. His eye lives only by sympathies and antipathies, by continual affinities, relations and choices.

2. Don't be afraid of perfection: you'll never attain it! 3. Begin by learning to draw and paint like the old masters. After that, you can do as you like; everyone will respect you. 4. Don't throw to the dogs either your eye or your hand or your brain, for you will need them all if you are to be a painter. 5. If you are one of those who believe that modern art has surpassed Vermeer and Raphael, don't read this book, just go right on in your blissful idiocy. 6. Don't vomit on your picture, because it is the picture which can vomit on you after you are dead.

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