Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
The greatest amongst the surrealists sublimated his life in his art of painting and strived to capture his subconscious in images.
Tristan and Isolde (design for the ballet Mad Tristan, 1944)
During his years in America Dalí did not limit his activities solely to painting. He designed advertisements, wrote an autobiography, worked on cinema and designed for theatre and theatre and ballet productions. In 1939 he wrote the scenario and designed the scenery and costumes for the ballet Bacchanale, followed by Labyrinth, a ballet based on the myth of Theseus and Ariadne. Dalí was inspired by Wagner’s famous opera Tristan und Isolde and wrote Mad Tristan which was premiered on 15 December 944 and performed by the International Ballet, choreographed by Leonide Massine. This ballet was followed by Sentimental Colloquy, Cafe de Chinitas, The Three-Cornered Hat and finally the ballet Gala, dedicated to his wife.