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Fundacio’s Dali Catalog Raisonne Features Rarely Seen Portraits & More

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 06, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   What an adrenaline rush to discover works by Salvador Dali you’ve never seen before! It’s like encountering this master painter for the first time. Or like a wide-eyed child opening a present under the Christmas tree and going flailing-arms-bonkers over what’s inside.   Thanks to the Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dali in Figueres, Spain, Santa brought me – and the world – a special gift, as it has just announced

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Is This Salvador Dali’s Earliest Surrealist Painting?

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 04, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   It seems that, depending on with whom you talk, a painting that is reportedly the earliest known surrealist work by Salvador Dali may be the real deal or subject to further research.   The news hit in 2014, when a collector came forward to reveal an oil painting he’d purchased in an antiques shop in northern Spain some 26 years earlier. His name is Tomeu L’Amo, and he suspected

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Photography Played a Starring Role in Dali’s Life and Work

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 30, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Photography played a major role in the most photographed international artist ever: Salvador Dali. Indeed, photographers for decades loved focusing their lenses on the artist, because his colorful and legendary antics – together with his facial expressions, facial hair, and fanatical poses – all made for amusing and provocative pictures. And unlike so many celebrities, who generally shun the paparazzi, Dali devoured the attention. Many have said his

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Jolly Dali Found Special Inspiration in Holiday Magic!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 27, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Thanksgiving in America is over, so next up are Christmas and Hanukkah – and Salvador Dali’s creativity most definitely did not take leave for the holidays. In fact, his gift of artistic genius seems to have shone in a magical way, as seen in a number of his Christmas-themed works. Most notable is his beautiful “Noel” of 1946, which found wide popular exposure when it graced the special Christmas cover

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Genius, covered with plywood!

‘Dead Body’ Discovered in Huge Salvador Dali Masterwork

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 22, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Ever look at something you admire over and over again, then discover – either on your own or through the keen eye of someone else – something you’d just never noticed about the item before?   That happened to me this week, thanks to Tampa, Florida artist Steven Kenny, who, in addition to being a highly successful and very talented painter, is also a docent at the Salvador

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Dali Work Still Highest Auction Price for a Work of Surrealism

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 20, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   The major art auctions have been on fire lately.   The big news, of course, was the recent sale at Christie’s of “Salvator Mundi” (“World Savior”) by Leonardo Da Vinci – the last of the few paintings Leonardo did that remains in private hands. It fetched an out-of-the-stratosphere $450 million. Extraordinary.   Who has the money to buy such a virtually priceless thing? Come to think of it,

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Dali Flies onto the American Scene

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 16, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   One of the most unusual paintings by Salvador Dali – a work most people have probably never seen or even know about, and whose title is another one that seems to confound us – is “Allegory of an American Christmas” of 1943.   The oil on board is in some respects Daliesque, yet also looks noticeably different from the Spanish surrealist’s work, especially with respect to the landscape

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‘Temptation of St. Anthony’ a Perennial Favorite Among Dali Fans

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 13, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian     “The Temptation of St. Anthony” is easily one of the most widely reproduced and well-known of the masterful oil paintings by the king of Surrealism, Salvador Dali. Ironically, it came into being as a result of an artists’ competition among U.S. and European artists – and went on to become one of Dali’s most superb and compelling masterpieces. Dali painted this 34 inch x 47 inch canvas

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This Dali was off the grid for some 70 years.

A Dali ‘Disappears’ for 70-Plus Years!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 09, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   There I was in 2005, working through the spectacular Salvador Dali centennial retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art – a great museum that owns, among other Dali’s, one of the greatest Dali paintings ever: “Soft Construction with Boiled Beans; Premonition of Civil War.”   What a delight seeing so many impressive paintings by the Surrealist master in honor of the 100th anniversary of Dali’s birth in 1904.

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Dali’s Realism Shines Through in ‘Geodesic Portrait of Gala’

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 05, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   If there was any other artist in human history who worshipped his wife in a more pervasive and dramatic way than Salvador Dali revered his Russian wife, Gala, this historian doesn’t know about him.   Salvador Dali without Gala would have been unimaginable. Impossible. She was truly his muse; his life and career manager; and his leading model, after his sister Ana Maria held that title in his

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