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Will Dali’s huge Masterworks one day be Exhibited Together?

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 12, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   One of my Dali dreams? To tour an exhibition of all of Salvador Dali’s “masterworks” in one mind-blowing exhibition!   I believe it was Salvador Dali’s leading collector (and benefactor of the Salvador Dali Museum, first in Beachwood, Ohio, then when it relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida), Reynolds Morse, who coined the term “masterwork” to describe certain Dali paintings.   His criteria were two-fold: the work had to

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Dali’s Technique Self-Described as ‘Hand-Painted Color Photography’

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 09, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali specialist and friend Elliott King, Ph.D., again finds himself mentioned here, due to his recent sojourn to the land of the rising son. He has shared a little about the wealth of great Dali paintings he finally got to see in person while visiting Japan.   One little-known work is the controversial but wonderful portrait Dali painted of Ann Woodward in 1953, a woman dubiously famed as

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Dali’s Preparatory Studies give Insight into Masterpieces that Followed

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 05, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Everything Salvador Dali did was calculated. Well-thought-out. Purposeful. Deliberate. Carefully crafted.   Nowhere is this more evident than in the studies (a.k.a., preparatory sketches) he made in the process of creating masterpieces. In some cases the studies are mini-masterpieces in themselves. At least I think so, and I bet others share that view. We’ll look at some here.   Dali cared about exactitude. He was a scrupulously disciplined

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Dali’s ‘Anti-Protonic Assumption’ a Mystical Masterpiece

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 02, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I wish blogs could somehow give readers an actual tactile sensation of how certain paintings by Salvador Dali can make a person feel. I don’t know about you, but there’s something about certain Dali’s that stir my sense of awe, wonderment, and passion more than others.   It’s hard to describe, and even more so to understand, unless you’ve felt it yourself. Even then, such works can leave

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Dali’s Massive ‘Battle of Tetuan’ is a Jewel for Japan

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 29, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   My friend, Dr. Ellliott King – a widely respected Salvador Dali expert – has just returned from a very special trip to Japan, and now he finally got to check off a major bucket list item: seeing in the flesh the remarkable Dali masterwork, The Battle of Tetuan.   This gigantic 1962 oil on canvas is one of Dali’s most complex and powerful images, chockablock with references to

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Salvador Dali’s Full Plate of ‘Fried Eggs!’

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 26, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Sunny-side up! Fried eggs. They were a fetishistic obsession for Salvador Dali. They seemed to turn up everywhere. And like so many things in this genius’s life, there were multiple meanings and interpretations associated with these popular breakfast items throughout his surrealist feasts on canvas.   One suggestion is that the soft, gooey, gelatinous consistency of fried eggs reminded Dali of what he claimed was his vivid memory of

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Is the ‘Wounded Watch’ the Body of Dali Himself?

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 23, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I sense there’s a tendency among Dali aficionados to focus only on the artist’s works up to 1970, the year he painted his last truly great and inspired masterpiece, The Hallucinogenic Toreador of 1970 (Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida). Dali’s post-1970 pictures – those works he still managed to produce during his increasingly tenuous physical and mental health – are, I fear, often overlooked.   If my

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Dali will Always Be Remembered First for those Withering Watches

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 19, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali will forever be remembered, first and foremost, for those soft, melting watches — his signature dish, served up like warm Camembert cheese.   Dali made the droopy clock famous when, at the ripe age of 27, he painted The Persistence of Memory.     Little did he know that comparatively tiny work would become so big in the annals of art history. I believe it can

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Dali’s Preoccupation with Death borne of Early Tragedies

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 15, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Was Dali too focused on death? And if so, why? Intriguing questions. Of course, “too” is a relative term. How overboard Dali may have gone in his preoccupation with death-related images is a matter of perspective. But there’s little debate that it most certainly sprang from some very early influences in his life – two in particular.   We know Salvador Dali the artist was the second Salvador

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Sometimes Salvador Dali was Just Plain Shocking!

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 12, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Where is it written that a professional Dali blogger has to like everything Salvador Dali created?   Nowhere.   So today I’m focusing on a peculiar work from 1929: The Sacred Heart of Christ, which features this outrageous statement by Dali: Sometimes I spit on the portrait of my mother for the fun of it.       It’s never been a favorite of mine. And it is

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