Hardcover: 320 Pages
Publisher: Apollo Publishers (February 23, 2021)
This immersive dive into the life and work of Salvador Dalí unlocks the secret of this creative genius and reveals for the first time how his erotically charged paintings changed the world of modern art.
In turns beloved and reviled, twentieth century art, painter, filmmaker, and designer Salvador Dalí set Europe and the United States ablaze with his uncompromising genius, sexual sadism, and flirtations with megalomania. His shocking behavior and work frequently alienated critics; his views were so outrageous, even prominent Surrealists tried to ostracize him. Still, every morning he experienced “an exquisite joy—the joy of being Salvador Dalí,” and, through a remarkable talent that invited bewilderment, anger, and adoration, rose to unprecedented levels of fame—forever shifting the landscape of the art world and the nature of celebrity itself.
In this stunning volume, rich with more than 150 full-color images, noted art historians Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Christopher Heath Brown discuss the historical, social, and political conditions that shaped Dalí’s work, identify the impact of Modern as well as Old Master art, and present an unflinching view of the master’s personal relationships and motivations. With their deeply compelling narrative, Isbouts and Brown uncover how Dalí’s visual wit and enduring cult of personality still impacts fashion, literature, and art, from Andy Warhol to Lady Gaga, and seeks to answer why, in an age of shock and awe, Dalí’s art still manages to distress, perplex, and entertain.
Dr. Christopher Heath Brown is a practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeon who has presented and published to both national and international audiences. He is one of the most prominent collectors of works by Salvador Dalí in the United States, and serves as the director of Brown Discoveries, a research institute focused on Renaissance, Surrealist, and Contemporary art. Together with Dr. Isbouts, Dr. Brown produced The Search for the Last Supper and The Search for the Mona Lisa for Public Television. Dr. Brown lives in Cornelius, North Carolina.
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Jean-Pierre Isbouts is an art historian and a doctoral professor at Fielding Graduate University. He is the author of nine books, includingThe Biblical World, In the Footsteps of Jesus, and The Story of Christianity which have sold nearly 2 million copies, and together with Christopher Heath Brown, the coauthor of three books on Leonardo da Vinci, The da Vinci Legacy (Apollo Publishers, 2019), The Mona Lisa Myth, and Young Leonardo. Dr. Isbouts has been on numerous radio and TV shows and is the host of the TV series In Search of Masterpieces. He has directed several programs for Disney, ABC, Hallmark, and the History Channel, working with actors such as Leonard Nimoy, Charlton Heston, Dick van Dyke, and Morgan Freeman, and produced recordings with orchestras around the world. He was most recently featured on NBC’s Today Show where he spoke about his discovery that a copy of Leonardo’s Last Supper in a Belgian abbey was actually painted by Leonardo and his workshop. Dr. Isbouts lives in Santa Monica, California.
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