Inspiration and influence

“Michael is a big, important figure to me. I put him on the level of Michelangelo, William Blake, Stevie Wonder, Mozart, The Beatles. Michael had the gift that seemed to touch everyone."
"He was magical.” 
- from David LaChapelle - speaking to PAPER Magazine in 2017 

Excellent documentary: Lettre d'amour à Michael Jackson (ENGLISH SUBS):




In 1995 Michael Jackson produced a music video, "You Are Not Alone", featuring himself and his then wife, Lisa Marie Presley, in which they appear semi-nude in emulation of Daybreak. Daybreak is a painting by American artist Maxfield Parrish made in 1922. Daybreak is regarded as the most popular art print of the 20th century, based on number of prints made: one for every four American homes. According to the National Museum of American Illustration, it has outsold Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup Cans and DaVinci's Last Supper. It is still in print.

Parrish referred to Daybreak as his "great painting," the epitome of his work.