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French woman believes she was inspiration for Dali's Virgin in Battle of Tetuan.

Was a French Woman, not Gala, the Model in this Dali Masterpiece?

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 23, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer Copyright 2019   The face of the woman standing in the upper portion of Salvador Dali’s huge 1962 painting, Battle of Tetuan – presumed to be Dali’s wife Gala ever since it was painted 57 years ago – now appears to actually be that of a young former United Nations guide, whose look was the precise “type” for which Dali was searching.     At least that’s the view

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Salvador Dali Gone 30 Years, but his Genius is Eternal

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 21, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   It’s been 30 years. Thirty years since the world lost one of the most important, gifted, controversial and colorful artists of all time: Salvador Dali.   January 23, 1989. The day Dali died. It still makes me twitch a little with sadness, just writing those words.   People ask me all the time, “What is it about Salvador Dali that interests you so much?” I always respond with

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Salvador Dali: Chairs in the Sky; Framing a Modern Classic

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 17, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   Today’s post is going to be a kind of grab-bag of things, consistent with the intrinsic diversity of Salvador Dali’s art itself. The fact is that the man was so prolific and exhibited such a rich mixture of styles and subjects, it’s really rather difficult to label him as a surrealism master alone.   Dali did everything! He was a surrealist painter, of course. But his career spanned

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Salvador Dali, All Across America — Home of his Most Famous Work

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 14, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   Spain leaps to mind, of course, when we think of Salvador Dali. Dali, after all, was as Freud described him: “a complete example of a Spaniard.” And Freud added, “What a fanatic!”   But for those of us fortunate enough to live in the United States, we’re blessed with a generous and delicious bounty of Dali eye-candy. It occurs to me that Dali is scattered throughout the country —

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Kooky Dali-Designed ‘Locomotive’ Led NYC Parade in ’59

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 09, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian/Writer   I love coming across things about Salvador Dali that (a) I know I’ve never been aware of before, and (b) I’m pretty sure most others haven’t either. Today’s post is a double-whammy – the good kind – because I’m looking at two Dali creations that have escaped my radar for more years than I care to count.   The first involves the strangest “locomotive” Dali was asked to

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Salvador Dali Struck a Chord with some Iconic Rock Legends

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 07, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian/Writer   Salvador Dali’s popularity – during his long and illustrious career, and still very much today – was not unlike that of a rock star. He was not merely a great artist, but a pop celebrity as well.   I remember an anecdote shared years ago by Eleanor Morse, who, along with her husband Reynolds, was benefactor of the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was recounting what

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‘The Voyeur’ One of the Great Works of a Teenage Dali

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 03, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Writer/Historian   As a Dali historian, blogger, collector, and die-hard aficionado, I confess I don’t focus nearly enough on Salvador Dali’s early art – the very first works he created as a teenager and even younger.   Of course, it’s easy to get distracted from such a focus, given the immensely seductive allure of his 1930s surrealist pictures and the tremendously powerful paintings, prints, drawings and works in other mediums

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Fire was a Hot Subject in a host of Dali Paintings, Prints & more

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 31, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Writer/Historian   It’s “fuego” in Spanish. “Foc” in Catalan. And it occupies a curious place in the life and work of Spain’s hottest artistic product, Salvador Dali. I’m talking, of course, about “fire.”   Dali’s most prominent and provocative representation of fire appeared in his outrageous and iconic images of a giraffe on fire, which made its first appearance in The Burning Giraffe of 1936-1937. This paradoxical and dramatic image

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Photo References Reveal how Dali’s Landscapes were Very Real

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 26, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   The importance of Dali’s homeland in Port Lligat, on Spain’s Costa Brava, can never be underestimated. Dali’s surrealism was influenced enormously by the distinctive, unique shapes, colors, and textures of the rocky terrain that skirted his and Gala’s seaside villa.   The terraced cliffs, dramatic skies, and peculiar, naturally occurring rock formations provided a limitless wealth of inspiration for Dali. The result was a body of work –

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Here’s Why Sometimes Dali’s Work Looked Photographic

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 24, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali’s work is so much more interesting – at least I think so – when you can get a glimpse into his creative process. Dali was such a perfectionist of a painter (not to mention as a creator of prints, drawings, watercolors, sculpture, even holograms) that it’s fascinating to get a sense of how his works evolved along the way, from concept to completion.   Specifically, as

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