Dali Gone 30 Years, Come January 23rd . . .

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By Paul Chimera

Salvador Dali Historian

 

It’s impossible to comprehend that, come January 23, 2019, Salvador Dali will have been gone 30 years.

 

I vividly remember as if it were yesterday being glued to the television set and taping (VHS tapes in the VCR; it was state-of-the-art at the time) every report I could about the Master’s passing. Every station imaginable carried the news, of course, of the artistic titan’s death. As did all other media across the globe (there was no social media at the time).

 

That was three decades ago? Unbelievable. Yet true.

 

I don’t know yet of any specific plans by museums or other entities to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Dali’s death, although I believe I’ve heard rumblings of an exhibition in Australia specially mounted for the occasion. I’m certain the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, will do something for the milestone as well. Not to mention the Teatro-Museo Dali in Spain.

 

Meantime, we remember so much about the complex man from the small town of Figueres, Spain, who went on to single-handedly define Surrealism for the masses and the art history books.

 

We remember Dali as a boy and young man . . .

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Posing with his wife Gala…

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Loving Gala…

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Spending time with luminaries such as Walt Disney, John Lennon, Alice Cooper, Paul Newman, Sophia Loren, Harpo Marx…

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This 1957 photo released by the Walt Disney Family Foundation shows surrealistic artist Salvador Dali, left, and Walt Disney at a beach in Spain. Besides his love of wholesome entertainment, Walt Disney also had an appreciation for the eccentric that led to a short-lived partnership and decades-long friendship with Dali. (Walt Disney Family Foundation via AP)

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Just hanging out….

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Looking like a crazy man…

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Wearing a bread or sausage hat…

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01 Jan 1974 --- Spanish Painter Salvador Dali --- Image by © John Bryson/Sygma/Corbis

Wearing his surrealism on his sleeve – and sometimes crème de mint glasses…

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Donning a football helmet…

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Getting his hair done…

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Monkeying around …

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Playing chess with Gala…

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Playing chess with Marcel Duchamp…

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Posing with 1993 world champion chess master Antoly Karpov…

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Designing a one-of-a-kind chess set…

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Being a rock star wannabe….

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Playing Santa…

Original caption: 12/22/1961-Salvador Dali, Spanish painter, wearing Santa claus beard and a hat of his own creation called "Dali's Complex." Photograph. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

And handing out oranges to kids at Christmas time…

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Sleigh-riding in the Big Apple with Gala and Enrique Sabater…

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Painting with shaving cream…

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Painting the outrageous…

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Painting the beautiful…

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Painting mirrors…

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Designing mirrors…

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Traveling in unique ways…

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Appearing on popular TV shows like I’ve Got A Secret and the Ed Sullivan Show…

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Playing the piano – or at least sitting at one…

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Painting pianos in many of his works…

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Hanging by his famous mustache from a helicopter, or so it would seem…

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Jumping for joy…

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Jumping rope…

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Looking regal…

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Dedicating the first Dali Museum in Beachwood, Ohio…

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Inducted into the prestigious French Royal Academy of Art…

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Painting portraits…

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Attending the bullfights with pal Amanda Lear…

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Posing with his leading collector Reynolds Morse…

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Signing books for adoring fans…

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Appearing on magazine covers…

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Taking a snooze…

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Immortalized in a statue…

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Painting masterpieces…

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In his ailing final years…

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Lying in the casket…

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Immortal for all eternity.

 

[All images gratefully used under Fair Use provisions for journalistic purposes only]

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