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‘Seven Lively Arts’ a Fiery, Fantastic Chapter in Dali’s Career

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 22, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Possibly the most intriguing project ever undertaken by Salvador Dali – one with a twist no one saw coming – was when impresario, lyricist, and theater showman Billy Rose commissioned Dali to create seven paintings for Rose’s “Seven Lively Arts” revue in 1944 at his Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.   Rose (1899 – 1966), who penned the popular song, “Me and My Shadow,” and whose autobiography,

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Spring Very Much in Bloom in the Works of Salvador Dali

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 15, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   It’s almost spring. When a man’s thoughts turn to…..Salvador Dali, of course. And with spring nearly on the doorstep, let’s throw open the windows and look at some works by Dali that, to a greater or lesser extent, exude at least some thoughts of spring.   I’m thinking flowers, butterflies, and perhaps even a dandelion or two.   To say Salvador Dali was a complex figure is a

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Two Virtually Unknown Dali Paintings Rediscovered, Headed for Auction

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 12, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   When it comes to Salvador Dali, the hits just keep on coming! The latest? It was just revealed that two dandy Dali’s, in private hands for more than seven decades, will be heading for the auction block Feb. 28 at Sotheby’s in London. According to news reports, the two oil paintings were commissioned by and sold to the Argentinian Countess de Cuevas de Vera. Nicknamed Tota, she divided

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Stolen Dali Painting, ‘Mystical Carnation’, a Beautiful Enigma

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 08, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Call it the “un-Dali.” But not the way the soft drink, 7-Up, was famously dubbed the “un-Cola.” Instead, I’m talking about a beautiful c.1950 painting by Salvador Dali, titled “Mystical Carnation.” According to the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation in Spain, “Mystical Carnation” is an oil on unknown support; of unknown dimensions; unknown location; unsigned; undated.   Unbelievable. And unfortunate.     It’s also unknown – to me, anyway – just

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Dali Dabbled in Sports — in a Manner of Speaking, Anyway!

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 05, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   In the shadow of America’s hysterically popular Super Bowl 52, let’s take a look at Dali the athlete. Come again? OK, the man was many things; a sports figure he was not.   But Salvador Dali’s life and work did include some sports references – yes, even to football. And Dali himself enjoyed at least some athleticism: he loved to swim; he had a strange penchant in his

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‘First Days of Spring’ a Snapshot of Dali’s 25-Year-Old Mind

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 29, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I so want to get a jump on spring! Can you blame me; it’s late January, and I’m based in Buffalo, New York. So the title of Salvador Dali’s 1929 surrealist painting, “The First Days of Spring,” strikes a welcome chord with me and hopefully with readers of this blog, which is brought to you twice weekly by The Salvador Dali Society, Inc.   Of course, while spring

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Dali’s ‘Telephone’ Paintings Expressed his Fear of War

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 22, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   A European friend of mine who’s almost obsessive about posting photographs on Facebook that pertain to Cadaques, Spain, recently posted this photo of a plate of grilled sardines.   While anything served to me with a face turns my stomach, the fish in a dish immediately called to mind a Salvador Dali painting: “Telephone in a Dish with Three Grilled Sardines at the End of September” (1939, The Salvador

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Salvador Dali: An Honest Day’s Work!

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 18, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I’m in the mood to show a side of Salvador Dali best told through photographs. Today I want to talk briefly about how Dali worked. And rather than showcasing his works themselves, most of the photos punctuating today’s post show Dali at work.   I had the momentary delight and privilege of watching Dali draw a couple of quick sketches when I first met him at the St.

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The Vatican Boasts a ‘Trinity’ of Salvador Dali Paintings

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 15, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I’m not sure very many people – even card-carrying Dali aficionados – are aware that the Vatican in Rome has a Salvador Dali painting in its permanent art collection. Actually, it owns a trinity of Dali’s, each with varying degrees of religious imagery.   While much of Dali’s life and work had nothing to do with religion, a good part of it did. In the late 1940s he

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Box of Pencils Inspired Salvador Dali Masterpiece

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 08, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   What inspired Dali?   Answer: all kinds of things. Anything. EVERYTHING!   The man possessed limitless curiosity. He could get excitedly creative over things you or I wouldn’t have given even a fleeting thought to. Or over something monumental, to which he would lend a special twist, making it uniquely his own.   We know Dali was profoundly inspired by nature – specifically the landscape around his beautiful

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