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Salvador Dali was something of an architect, too!

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 23, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali, architect. Come again? Architecture is clearly not a profession we associate with the master of the melting watch, the curator of crutches, the guru of giraffes on fire.   But if you think about it, Dali’s thoughts and talents were never really very far from the form and function of architecture.   Consider how it all began. Young Dali fell in love with Cadaques when his

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Salvador Dali Gave a Most Remarkable Wedding Gift!

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 19, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Your Salvador Dali historian is not averse to admitting when he’s ignorant about some things pertaining to the kingpin of Surrealism. Today’s blog demonstrates that.   As many times as I’ve seen this image, below, I confess to having not focused sufficiently enough on its title and, ultimately, on the intended result of its double-imagery.   Or should we say triple-imagery?     Triple Image – Portrait of

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The Dali ‘Ascension’ Mystery & other Curiosities

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 16, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   What a joy to discover new things in the paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and mix-media works of Salvador Dali. Same goes for his many books, when I sometimes re-read one – or a section of one – and pick up on things I somehow missed first time around.   Today let’s focus on something of which I’m not sure many Dali enthusiasts are aware. It’s a bit esoteric,

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Not your typical portrait!

A Look at the Quirkier Side of Salvador Dali!

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 12, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   It’s great fun and a fascinating adventure studying and examining the wide and varied aspects of the life and work of this celebrated Catalan artist. This wild and wonderful genius, Salvador Dali. There’s literally an endless supply of truths and myths, current news and historical morsels to discover, explore, dissect, enjoy, and learn from.   Take, for example, two somewhat mysterious, or at least unusual works by Dali I

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Dali was the ‘Imp of the Perplexing,’ as TIME magazine once Wrote

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 09, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Today I want to look at several Dali paintings, and a photograph, that have their own special stories to tell, at least for this historian/blogger. One of them is a little naughty, so fair warning!   OK, let’s get straight to the impish, at least as this beholder sees it. It’s the rather recently unknown portrait of Dali’s sister, Anna Maria – Figure in Profile, 1925 – which

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Little-Known Velasquez Work Inspires a Religious Dali Painting

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 05, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   We know how passionately Salvador Dali revered the Old Masters. He advised fledgling artists to “begin by painting like the Renaissance masters; after that, do as you wish, you will always be respected.”   Dali knew that refining one’s technique and taking to heart Ingres’ belief that “drawing is the essence of art” was the first order of business, if one had aspirations of becoming a great artist.

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Looking Back on the Original Salvador Dali Museum in Beachwood, Ohio

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 02, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   The two photographs below have never been published anywhere before.   They pertain to the original Salvador Dali Museum established provisionally in a wing of an office building in Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, way back in 1971.   The one-room museum – which, due to zoning restrictions, had to be visited by appointment only (to control traffic) – housed part of the renowned Dali collection of

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Easter Sunday, 1955: Dali’s ‘Sacrament of the Last Supper’ Unveiled to the World

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 29, 2018
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Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I find discussions of Salvador Dali’s “Sacrament of the Last Supper” fascinating – but often unpredictable. That’s because the work has the dubious distinction of being one of the most highly lauded and vigorously derided paintings of the modern era. I’m pretty sure no one is neutral about this imposing masterwork: you either really love it or really dislike it. There’s no fence-sitting when it comes to this Dali

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Salvador Dali Enjoyed ‘Fooling the Eye’

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 26, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Fool me once, shame on you; fool me hundreds of times….and you may be describing a large chunk of Salvador Dali paintings, drawings, prints and more.   Take the master of the double-image, add in technical virtuosity worthy of the Old Masters, and you’ve got the recipe for some fantastic illusion with paint and brush.   And that includes the always-fun phenomenon of trompe l’oeil, or “fool the

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Dali: “Somebody ‘Food’ My Cookies!”

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 22, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   This photo of Salvador Dali, taken at the Plaza Hotel in New York, reminds me of a charming true story told to me when I was being considered for the position of publicity director of the original Salvador Dali Museum in Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland (I got the job).   Specifically, I’m focused on the woman in the background of this Plaza Hotel photo, who seems

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