Dalí and Me
Controversial French writer and art critic Catherine Millet examines the art and writings of celebrated surrealist Salvador Dalí.
1st edition, 2008
184 pages, 1 colour and 58 b/w illustrations
15 x 22 cm
Salvador Dalí’s (1904–89) surrealistic paintings are admired worldwide for their bizarre images and eccentric metaphors for the human condition. Far lesser known but equally intriguing are his writings, in which he describes the human body and sexuality with a bewildering mixture of crude realism and naïve simplicity.
Dalí and Me is an account by French art historian and controversial author Catherine Millet of her highly personal encounter with the artist’s celebrated paintings and self-reflective writings. One of the first studies of its kind, Dalí and Me examines a wide range of the notoriously idiosyncratic artist’s written works, including The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí, Le Mythe tragique de l’Angélus de Millet, and Journal d’un genie adolescent. Through her analysis, Millet explains Dalí’s influence on his friends and contemporaries and reveals the narcissism, anxiety, and visual genius of the most famous—and infamous—of the surrealists. Accompanying the text are numerous photographs of and paintings by Dalí that illustrate Millet’s ideas.
Based on years of scrupulous research into Dalí’s life and art yet deeply enriched by Millet’s autobiographical journal, Dalí and Me ultimately constitutes an argument in book form that personal involvement can be the key to understanding one of the most compelling oeuvres in art history.
“Combining exegetical scholarship and autobiographical commentary, art historian (and infamous memoirist) Catherine Millet’s Dalí and Me examines the life and enduring influence of the consummate Surrealist." Bookforum