The Masterpiece: Jorn Utzon, A Secret Life
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books 1999 Author: Philip Drew ISBN: 9781864980479 Format: Hardcover, 574pp, 240x160mm
The Masterpiece is an enthralling portrait of both a great architect and his greatest building.
Jorn Utzon had the good fortune to win the international design competition for the Opera House in 1957, but was unlucky - from the outset the enterprise was mired in parochial politicking.
His ultimate withdrawal from the Opera House project in 1966 was in part prompted by strained relationships with NSW politicians and engineers over the design and building process, and in part due to the huge tax burden created by dual Australian-Danish residency.
Utzon found himself at the centre of a raging artistic and political scandal, and the unrelenting scrutiny left him with no choice but to leave Australia - never to return and see his masterpiece.
Despite this, the Sydney Opera House is an instantly recognised icon of Australia, and is acclaimed throughout the world.
This pre-owned copy is in very good condition with original dust jacket. Slight wear and tear to the corners and base of the hardcover.