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‘Assumpta…’ by Dali has both Beauty & Shock Value!

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 09, 2017
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The impossible-to-pronounce “Assumpta Corpuscularia Lapislazulina” helps tells us where the then 48-year-old Dali’s head was at when he painted this spectacular but strange Nuclear Mystical masterpiece in 1952. Dali was deeply invested in his new atomic period at this time, proclaiming he was “becoming classical” and moving away from Surrealism toward a new vision, a new ethos in painting: the melding of science, religion and mathematics. “Assumpta Corpuscularia Lapislazulina” is a great example of this

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‘Explosion of Mystical Faith…’ Exudes Powerful Religious Dynamism

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 06, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   Like what they say about a person’s eyes, Dali’s paintings were, in effect, windows to his soul. They reflected his interests, his passions, his fears, his endless curiosity as a creative colossus.   “Explosion of Mystical Faith in a Cathedral” is something of a mirror reflecting Dali’s focus at this time, 1957; namely an emerging affinity with the Catholic Church and what he was coming to believe was the

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Bread Deliciously Painted by the Master of Surrealism!

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 03, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   “That’s by Salvador Dali?!” Such an expression of incredulity is not common among those who mistakenly believe Dali painted just melting clocks and giraffes on fire, then contemplate a painting like his 1945 “Basket of Bread” (Teatru-Museu Dali, Figueres, Spain).   I consider two main points especially important in appreciating this small but powerfully enchanting picture. One, of course, is the subject itself. Bread is a staple of most

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‘Imperial Monument to the Child-Woman’ is Quintessential Surrealism!

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 27, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   It may be hard to find a more quintessentially Surrealist Dali painting than the important and beautifully painted picture, “Imperial Monument to the Child-Woman” of 1930. The 27-year-old Dali had only recently met Gala, fast becoming the love (and obsession) of his life and, for all intents and purposes, his primary reason for living! That’s how taken he was by the Russian woman, 10 years his senior, who would

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Dali’s ‘Slave Market…’ the Epitome of Double-Imagery

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 21, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   “Slave Market with Disappearing Bust of Voltaire” defines Salvador Dali for me: an imaginative artist with exceptional technical gifts and an extraordinary capacity for seeing what mere mortals could not!   As a Dali expert and great admirer of the artist, I’ve long considered “Slave Market” emblematic of everything that was Dali – most especially when we consider that he was one of history’s best at achieving the visual

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‘Noel’ One of Dali’s Delightful Expressions of ‘Merry Christmas!’

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 19, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   Salvador Dali was a man of great contrasts. “Noel” of 1946 is sure to surprise those who equate Dali solely with the bizarre and the madcap. Here is what simply has to be considered one of Dali’s loveliest paintings, whose obvious seasonality is appropriate to spotlight this week. There’s more to “Noel” than meets the eye, although the obvious is delightful. The gently falling snow, and the snow that’s

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‘Cannibalism of Praying Mantis…’ One of Dali’s Most Haunting Works

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 14, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   Dali’s artistic world was far from a tidy place. Yes, he painted many beautiful works – works that would not in the strict sense of the word even be considered surrealistic. Much of it was masterful realism, with a dash of mysticism and, of course, at least a hint of surrealism.   But a great deal of Salvador Dali’s work courted the disquieting, the bizarre and, at times, the

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‘Virgin of Guadalupe’ Exudes Stunning Photographic Quality

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 12, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   At the risk of repeating myself, let me emphasize how important Salvador Dali’s technical mastery as a draftsman was to the impact of his paintings. A truly superb example is “The Virgin of Guadalupe” of 1959.   The photographic precision with which Dali painted this large masterwork convinces us that what we’re seeing is real, not imagined. Just as the Virgin revealed herself to be real when, according to

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Dali’s ‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’ is Magical!

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 07, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   If I were to list what I believe are the 10 best oil paintings by Salvador Dali, “Metamorphosis of Narcissus” would be near the top. This picture, which Dali took with him when he had his one and only – and legendary – meeting with Surrealism’s patron saint, Sigmund Freud, features the absolute best of Dali’s fertile imagination, unique vision, and striking technique.   Critics like to state that

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‘Christ of St. John of the Cross’ One of Best Known Images in the World

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 05, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   Today’s post is not merely about a Salvador Dali painting. It’s about what could arguably be considered one of the greatest paintings in all of art history: “Christ of St. John of the Cross” (1951). There might have been a time when such a powerful assertion would have been met with skepticism. No longer. Dali’s “Christ of St. John of the Cross” is so popular, so penetrating, so beautifully

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