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Dali Portrait of Gala Completely Devoid of ‘Shenanigans’

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 25, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali’s unpredictability was an undeniable part of his appeal.   What would the “divine Dali” do next, we often wondered? What astonishment would emerge from his easel? What controversial new work was going to make worldwide headlines tomorrow? How would he shock us today?   So it must have come as a surprise to much of the art world when the splendid “Gala Nude, Seen From Behind”

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It was Rhino Horns Gone Wild during Dali’s ‘Atomic’ Era!

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 21, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   When Salvador Dali got an idea in his head, he was often obsessive about it – obsessive to the point of a kind of mania. This passion for what he found indispensable in carrying out his quest to be the best artist of his time was evidenced in, among other things, his focus on rhinoceros horns.   “I see rhinoceros!” became an iconic line in the 2011 Woody

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Part-surreal, part-classic

Dali’s ‘Napoleon’s Nose’ on Edge of Surreal and Classical

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 18, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Sometimes the myriad ideas that must have been colliding constantly in Salvador Dali’s mind at any given time found an echo in certain of his paintings that featured a disparate and dizzying array of thoughts, reflections, obsessions, and fetishes.   And while the titles of many Dali paintings were almost annoyingly inscrutable, others pointed unambiguously to what was in store for us. This latter case is well exemplified

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Salvador Dali’s ‘Gigantic’ Surrealism!

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 14, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Today’s generously illustrated blog post is gigantic. I mean literally huge, because I want to talk about Dali paintings in which a towering presence looms large. There are lots of them.   Why is this important?   Well, Salvador Dali was a master on many levels. One of them was his uncanny use of space and perspective to evoke different perceptions of space and time. Sometimes simply the sheer

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Dali’s ‘Apotheosis of the Dollar’ a Montage of Myths and Mysteries

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 10, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian One of Salvador Dali’s largest and most complex paintings also boasts one of his most verbose titles: “Salvador Dali in the Act of Painting Gala in the Apotheosis of the Dollar in Which You Can See on the Left Marcel Duchamp Masquerading as Louis XIV behind a Vermeerian Curtain Which Actually Is the Invisible but Monumental Face of ‘Hermes’ by Praxiteles.”   Phew…time to come up for air!  

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How the Tall Sunflower Influenced Two Giants of Dali’s Art

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 07, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Shades of summer are fast descending. Reminding us that fall is about to ascend, and many of the things we associate with summer will be absent from our view as the change of seasons inexorably unfolds. It reminds me of a glorious emblem of summer while a sliver of the season’s light and warmth still remains: the remarkable sunflower. Of course, to the Dalinian mind, the mention of

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Mystery of Largely Unknown Dali Masterpiece Begins to Unravel

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 04, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Today I’m excited to consider the nearly impossible: a huge Dali masterpiece that almost literally no one has ever seen or known about. OK, maybe that’s my effusiveness running amok some. But I know for certain that, since this work was never shown in any English-language book or catalog of Dali’s work (and perhaps never in any other language, either, until it was up for sale in 2007), the

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Did Dali’s Iconic ‘Fried Eggs’ Start Sizzling in the 1600s?

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 31, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian COPYRIGHT 2017   I can’t say so with absolute certainty. But today I believe I’m revealing an undetected fact of Dalinian iconography that has never before been reported in any book or magazine or any other media about history’s greatest Surrealist: Salvador Dali.   Risking melodrama, this might qualify as breaking news or a news flash. I say “might,” because I cannot be positive the parallel you’re about to

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Inspired by Vermeer, Dali Pays Special Homage to the Dutch Painter

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 28, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   (Today’s blog post is my 100th exclusively for The Salvador Dali Society, Inc.!)   Salvador Dali never lost sight of the important painters who shined long before him and greatly influenced his art – and he wanted us to remember them, too. One excellent example of this is represented in Dali’s oil on canvas, “Apparition of the Town of Delft,” completed in 1936.   This wonderful little Dali

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Visiting Dali? Make Sure You Call Ahead!

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 24, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   “Call ahead!”   That timeless advice – usually reserved for dinner and hotel reservations – absolutely applies when it comes to making sure your favorite Salvador Dali painting is where it’s supposed to be.   You can’t always count on that. And unless you thrive on monumental disappointment, you must call ahead. Trust me on this (you’ll read why momentarily).   I’m reminded of this sage advice by

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