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Dali Turns Mundane into Masterpiece with ‘Dionysus’ Miniature

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 02, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali  Historian & Writer There are so many Dali paintings, Dali prints, Dali drawings, Dali…everything that are positively stunning, yet often don’t garner the banner headlines the artist’s larger, more widely known works do.   Dali art doesn’t have to feature soft watches, burning giraffes, spider-legged elephants – or be massive in size – to be sensational.   Today’s post is a case in point – a shout-out to Salvador Dali’s miniatures.

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Ancient Sculpture Inspires a Modern Dali!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 31, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian & Writer Salvador Dali was influenced by…EVERYTHING! A random shadow cast by tree limbs gave rise to inspiration. A commercial image on brand name packaging triggered a vision. But there were also certain long-standing interests Dali cultivated that drew him in and shaped the ideas for his next masterpiece. Such was the case in his seldom considered but quite fascinating “Rhinocerotic Disintegration of Illisus of Phidias” (1954). In this case,

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Dali’s ‘Perpignan Railway Station’ Exudes Palpable Energy!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 28, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian & Writer Certain Dali works speak to me. In fact, I can almost feel them – feel their grip – psychically and even physically. Sounds crazy, I know. It’s impossible to explain. But maybe you’ve experienced it, too. There’s a consuming, compelling energy that certain works of art radiate. It’s a known phenomenon that some people get dizzy, even pass out, when they find themselves standing before immensely powerful, profoundly

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Was Dali’s Iconic “Persistence of Memory” a Kind of Death Mask?

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 26, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian & Writer Here’s a different take on the most talked-about, yet possibly least understood of Dali paintings – his iconic “The Persistence of Memory.” This small 1931 canvas, painted when Salvador Dali was just 27 years old, goes unchallenged as not only Dali’s most universally recognized work, but the most famous Surrealist painting ever. The soft watches are synonymous with the art of Dali. They were his pictorial calling card.

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Masterpiece Proves Dali was a Hyper-Realist Before Hyper-Realism was Cool!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 24, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian & Writer It’s easy to see why many people consider “Nature Morte Vivante” (“Still Life, Fast Moving”) their favorite Salvador Dali painting. It’s a spellbinding canvas, largely because Dali painted it with a technique rivaling Vermeer or Velasquez. I saw this stunning 1956 work for the first time in the home of Reynolds and Eleanor Morse, the late Cleveland, Ohio couple who were the benefactors of the Dali Museum in

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Dali’s ‘Last Supper’ a Triumph of Precision, Symbolic Perfection

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 22, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Society Historian/Writer Almost every person I know has had a similar reaction to Salvador Dali’s 1955 painting, “The Sacrament of the Last Supper,” when they see it in person: “Damn! It takes your breath away!” It’s true. This large 1955 canvas, which has hung in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., since esteemed art patron Chester Dale donated it, is one of the most painstakingly perfect Dali paintings you’ll

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Salvador Dali’s Razor-Sharp Technique Made His Portraits Pop!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 20, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Society Historian & Writer   I want to look at two things in today’s blog post: Dali’s portraiture, and Dali’s technical brilliance. Let me address the technique question first. It’s pretty much a cliché by now, but it still means as much as when it was first articulated: Dali paintings, Dali drawings, Dali prints – virtually everything about the surrealism and post-surrealist works of Dali – reveals superb draftsmanship. Dali possessed

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“Ascension” Demonstrates the Dali Difference!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 19, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Society Historian/Writer   Among the many things Salvador Dali did that one can safely call mind-blowing is how he played with spatial relationships in his paintings. This man wanted to be remembered as the dean of DIFFERENT! Think about it. Everything Dali did was counter to “normal.” Of course, anyone expecting normalcy from Salvador Dali was about as wise as the person who tries to thread a camel through the eye

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Ask the Dali Guru, Joe Nuzzolo: A Weekly Conversation

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 17, 2016
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  Mr. Nuzzolo is president of the Salvador Dali Society, Inc. and co-author – with Peter B. Lucas and Lawrence Saphire – of Salvador Dali Prints: The Catalogue Raisonne, to be released in early 2017. He chats below with Dali Society historian and blogger Paul Chimera, in another installment of our weekly feature, “Ask the Dali Guru.”   PC:  The Salvador Dali Society, Inc. has moved its headquarters from Redondo Beach, California to Torrance, California.

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Dali’s ‘Soft Construction’ Has Geographic ‘Surprise’ in it!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 14, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Society Historian/Writer You wouldn’t be reading this, had I not elected to take an art appreciation course my freshman year of college. That’s when the professor showed a large color slide projection of the Dali painting, “Soft Construction with Boiled Beans; Premonition of Civil War” (1936-’37). I was hooked. The bizarre, imaginative image mesmerized me. The fluidity of forms. The dazzling color palette and precision of technique. It was the start

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