Salvador Dali was one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, as well as a cultural figure who challenged convention. He worked in an incredible array of different media, but is best-known for his Surrealist paintings, abound with Symbolism representing eroticism, death and decay, and demonstrating his fascination with Freud and later science and religion. This wonderful, heavily-illustrated book is a fascinating foray into the life and works of a man whose ability to reveal the gap between reality and illusion proved to be of huge influence to many artists, as well as popular culture in general.
Julian Beecroft is a freelance writer specialising in the arts. He has previously written books on Monet and Renoir respectively, both for Flame Tree, and has also contributed to The Guardian, The Telegraph and The London Magazine, among other publications. In 2011, he travelled across Canada in search of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, writing about his journey for London's Dulwich Picture Gallery and for the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands.