Descharnes was born in Nevers on January 1, 1926. In 1950, he met Dali on a ship while he was the photographer. The two formed a close bond, and collaborated on the experimental film L'Aventure prodigieuse de la dentellière et du rhinocéros, which was never released. He became Dali's personal secretary in 1981, and rescued him from a fire at his apartment in 1984. Descharnes collected over 60,000 negatives of Dali's daily life, a fraction of which Descharnes infrequenty exhibited in art museums.
For over 40 years, he fought to protect's Dali's legacy from forgeries and fakes. He wrote several reference books on the man's life and work. Descharnes was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2011. He died at the age of 88 at his home in Indre-et-Loire on February 18, 2014.
Descharnes is regarded by some Dali experts as a controversial figure. His claims regarding the authenticity of some of Dali's late works have been questioned, as Ian Gibson notes in his definitive biography of the painter,The Shameful Life of Salvador Dali.
Of far greater concern was Descharnes's role in persuading the elderly, infirm painter to transfer his copyright, in 1986, for a period of 20 years to a company managed by Descharnes. Gibson writes, "The contract was prepared by [the Madrid lawyer] Miguel Domenech, who has said that at the time Dali, he and [Dali's friend, Antoni] Pitxot were under 'tremendous pressure' from a now power-hungry Descharnes. ... Even when he was well, Dali had never shown any interest in contracts, or any understanding of their small print. ... It is difficult to believe, therefore, that...he could have grasped its exact nature or its potential consequences. The painter, moreover, was in very poor physical condition at this time." Gibson, who calls Descharnes "a very controversial figure in Spain," notes in a 1997 episode of the TV show "Omnibus," about Dali and his work, that "many of Dali's associates are still unhappy about this situation," by which he means the circumstances surrounding the signing of the contract in which Dali assigned his copyright to Descharnes's company.
Fondateur et administrateur de la photothèque D&D et de la société Eccart, il intervient, avec Robert Descharnes, son père, dans l'expertise des originaux de Salvador Dalí.
De son expérience dans l'organisation de manifestations dédiées à Dalí et à son oeuvre, il possède un savoir dynamique au service d'une mémoire et d'un oeil exceptionnels pour ses recherches d'expertise.
Une expertise passe par l'expérience et la connaissance de l'oeuvre, mais aussi de l'artiste lui-même. Nicolas Descharnes a passé des années à Cadaquès et rencontré fréquemment Salvador Dali au cours de séances de travail et pour lui, l'image parle d'elle-même, raconte, fait partie de l'histoire.
Nicolas Descharnes est né le 29 février à Paris, France, a été éduqué et a étudié l'architecture à Paris et il remplit son devoir de mémoire au sein de la photothèque Descharnes & Descharnes.
Bernard Ewell, is a Senior Appraiser who has provided professional services since 1972 and has specialized in the works of Salvador Dalí since 1980. He has appraised over 57,000 prints attributed to Dalí and also examined over 1,600 unique, original drawings and paintings. In 1987, 1993 and 1998 he appraised the collection of The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Ewell has been certified by the Albaretto Collection in Turin, Italy – the world’s largest collection of original artworks by the Spanish Master.
As a recognized expert in the field, Mr. Ewell has provided appraisals, court reports and testimony for the Federal Trade Commission, the F.B.I., the I.R.S., the U.S. Attorneys of New York and Hawaii, the U.S Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Attorneys General of New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Missouri, and numerous local law-enforcement agencies and private attorneys. He also served as a consultant for the CBS News “60 Minutes” Broadcast on the Dalí market and Money Magazine, Forbes Magazine and numerous newspapers. Working with the Wisconsin Attorney General, he co-authored the Art Multiples Law, designed to serve as a model for other states.
The Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí is a foundation established by Dalí himself tasked with managing the Dalí Theater-Museum, the Gala-Dalí Castle and Salvador Dalí’s Port-lligat House, as well as to administer intellectual property rights and copyrights, including the artistic legacy contained in his works. In the present day the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí is responsible for the global promotion, support and interpretation of Dalí’s works to boost their reputation in the artistic and cultural spheres, and to protect and safeguard their intellectual property rights.
Dr. Alex J. Rosenberg is a life-certified and accredited Senior Appraiser of Personal Property/Fine Art by the Appraisers Association of America (AAA) and the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), specializing in Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art. He is a former president of the AAA, and has been awarded their highest honors for service to the profession throughout his career. With over 40 years experience as an art dealer, appraiser and expert witness, Dr. Rosenberg is recognized as a leader in dealing with problems related to IRS regarding estates and gifts. A noted expert on Salvador Dalí, he is a founder of the Salvador Dalí Research Center and currently serves as its Honorary Chairman.
Peter Lucas was born into the family of the first American publishers of Salvador Dali's hand signed, limited edition prints. In 1966 after returning from Vietnam, Mr. Lucas immersed himself in the family business and became acquainted with the legendary Spanish Surrealist, Salvador Dali. He embarked on a life of scholarly study of the artist's works.
Mr. Lucas is also a Certified member of the esteemed Appraiser's Association of America (AAA), the most prominent and respected art appraisal organization in the country. To be considered for membership in the AAA, a candidate must have extensive experience and uncompromising integrity as judged by the AAA Membership committee. After being accepted as a candidate by the AAA Membership Committee, Mr. Lucas completed the curriculum of Appraisal Studies at New York University required for membership. The coveted title of Certified Appraiser is only given after passing a rigorous examination. Fewer than one in ten members of the AAA earns the title of Certified Appraiser.