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Salvador Dali’s Magnificent Realism Brings People to their Knees!

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 14, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   The Stendhal Syndrome is a curious and interesting phenomenon, whereby people are brought to a state of dizziness and sometimes even loss of consciousness in the presence of great art.   Scientists don’t quite know why this happens, but when it comes to the art of Salvador Dali, I have some thoughts on the subject; that is, on Stendhal and Dali.   I remember, back in 1972, visiting

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From Tiny to Towering, Size Plays a Key Role in Salvador Dali’s Art

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 10, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   The issue of whether size matters is on the radar again, thanks to an interesting photo I’ve recently come across. It shows a variation of Dali’s most famous painting, The Persistence of Memory, but much, much larger (artist unknown).     Ironically, many people who’ve seen reproductions of Persistence but aren’t especially familiar with its actual size, assume the canvas is far larger than its diminutive 9.4” x

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Salvador Dali’s ‘Soft Construction’: ‘I Knew it was Something Special’

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 07, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   “So, how did you get hooked on Dali?” people ask me all the time.   “Soft Construction with Boiled Beans,” I reply.     That great 1936 painting was the door that opened the world of Salvador Dali to me. At the time, around 1968, I knew it solely by that title. The rest of the title – Premonition of Civil War – was never included in any

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Dali’s Obsession with Millet’s ‘Angelus’ was a Key Dimension of his Mystique

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 04, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   Obsessed! There’s probably no better way to put it when it came to Salvador Dali’s relentless focus on The Angelus – a painting by Jean-Francois Millet. Dali saw the widely known, iconic painting of a peasant couple in prayer as an image of repressed sexual desire.     And he also saw it as a funeral scene, since he’d long contended that the 19th century French painter had

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Dali did Double-Imagery Better than Anyone Else

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 31, 2019
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  By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   One of the most impressive and memorable aspects of Salvador Dali’s art was his absolute mastery of double-imagery. I’m not sure any artist in history did it as well as Dali did.   This, of course, is when a painted object or scene becomes, at the same time, something entirely different – depending on how your brain shifts your visual perception from “A” to “B” and back

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Dali a Renaissance Man? That’s an Understatement!

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 28, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   The dictionary defines it as “a person with many talents or areas of knowledge.” Renaissance man. Nothing described Salvador Dali if not those two words. What an understatement! Dali pretty much did it all. It’s part of what defined him as a genius.   The irony is that Dali’s iconic, globally familiar “soft watches” – first popularized in his most universally recognized painting, The Persistence of Memory of

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There’s Room for Both Gala and ‘Marie’ at the Top of Dali’s ‘Battle of Tetuan’!

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 24, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   It turns out there’s room for both at the top of Salvador Dali’s large Battle of Tetuan painting: Gala standing above the battle scene, and – in a background detail – the coronation of the Virgin, for whom a young United Nations guide appears to have been the inspiration.   Readers of this blog (www.dali.com/news) are asked to refer to the post of Wednesday, Jan. 23 (the 30th

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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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