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Dali’s ‘Nativity of a New World’ Remains Largely a Mystery

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 24, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   If I had to name a Salvador Dali painting very few people know about; one which almost nothing has been written about; and which, in my view, is one of the most colorful, nuanced and intriguing of Dali’s oils – it would be “Nativity of a New World.” The privately owned 14-inch x 19-inch work is seldom seen on exhibition and is not commonly shown in most books

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Dali’s ‘Trinity’ Especially Meaningful this Time of Year

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 20, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Given the real reason for the season, let’s today look at Salvador Dali’s wonderful – and unusual – “The Trinity,” which was an oil study for “The Ecumenical Council,” both works created in 1960.   “The Trinity,” while a preparatory study for the much, much larger “Ecumenical Council,” in the permanent collection of the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, is itself of museum quality. Indeed, it

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Dali in 3-D!

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 18, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   We generally don’t think of Salvador Dali as a sculptor or a creator of assemblages. Instead, Dali was a painter. A print maker. A watercolorist. A writer and performance artist. But sculpture or other three-dimensional objet d’ art aren’t readily identified with the art of Dali.   Contrasting with such generalities, however, is a very specific work that went on to become one of the most recognizable creations

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Dali Never Drove, But He Got Around in Style!

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 14, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Very shortly, a larger-than-life character-hero traverses the globe in a rather unlikely vehicle – a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer. Salvador Dali – our own brand of character-hero – never got a driver’s license. But he managed to get around in a variety of conveyances – including one of his own invention.  That would be his Ovocipede, which he created and presented to the world, in Paris, France, in

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Dali’s Spectacular Portraiture Continues to Fascinate!

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 10, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I think I know why Salvador Dali’s portrait work is so intriguing: it gives us an opportunity to see the way Dali saw when his vantage point was not through the lens of his paranoiac-critical vision. In other words, his imagination – for the most part – did not play a leading role in the outcome on canvas. Instead, he had to convey a true representation of his subject matter,

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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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‘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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