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It’s Not Hard to See how Dali’s ‘Santiago El Grande’ Becomes a Favorite!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 20, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   Sometimes the things that are hardest to write about are, ironically, the things you love the best. All objectivity is nearly impossible to come by. Emotions take hold. And then, who knows?   That’s my disclaimer in waxing somewhat adoringly about Salvador Dali’s immense and monumental painting, “Santiago El Grande” of 1957 (Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick, Canada).   Where to begin? I actually love the subtitle, not often

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‘Apotheosis of Homer’ is Quintessential Surrealism and more!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 16, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   If there’s any doubt that Salvador Dali was a genius and master painter, it’s promptly dispelled when you feast your eyes on his 1944-’45 painting, “Apotheosis of Homer.”   This just might be a kind of masterful surrealist counterpart to Dali’s more pop and op art sensation, “Tuna Fishing” (1967-’68), in that – like “Tuna Fishing” – “Apotheosis of Homer” manages to synthesize a medley of ideas, influences and

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Soft Watches on a Grand Scale at Dali’s 1939 World’s Fair Pavilion!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 14, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   A large Salvador Dali painting (done in four adjoining sections) often overlooked when considering the wall-size works of the Surrealist master is his 1939 “Dream of Venus.” Thirty-five-year-old Dali created this picture – chockablock with iconic Dalinian images and symbolism – expressly as a backdrop inside his trippy and controversial Dream of Venus pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City.   Dali was one smart surrealist!

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Dali’s ‘Lincoln’ Remains One of His Most Beloved Works of Art!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 11, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   Given the absolute stunner of a presidential race just concluded in America, let’s look at Salvador Dali’s depiction of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, in a work commonly referred to as the “Lincoln” painting, or “Lincoln in Dali-Vision,” but whose actual title is “Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea which at a Distance of 20 Meters is Transformed into the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln (Homage to Rothko),” 1976.   You’ll note

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The Beautiful Vaulted Dali Painting No One Knows About!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 08, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   When your journey takes place in the head of Salvador Dali, there are bound to be mysteries along the way.   Today’s post explores one of the finest Dali paintings no one ever talks about – because virtually no one knows of it! It goes by either “The Hour of the Monarchy” or “The Royal Hour.”   *** (Further in this post, I reveal how Dali came up with

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‘Tuna Fishing’ a Colorful, Dynamic Tour de Force

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 07, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian & Writer   Some believe “Tuna Fishing” is Salvador Dali’s greatest painting. They may be right.   Of course, it’s just an opinion. But you’d get little argument from this blogger and many others.   “Tuna Fishing” (1967-’68) is so many things. First, it may be the most colorful painting Dali ever created, though rivaled by “The Hallucinogenic Toreador” and some others. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a more

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‘Ecumenical Council’ Perhaps Best Known for Dali’s Self-Portrait

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 04, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer Whenever Salvador Dali took on any major project, the world watched and waited – sometimes with bated breath. With so unpredictable a figure as Dali, you never quite knew what to expect from this eccentric denizen of contemporary counter-culture.   So when Dali declared in 1959 that he was working on a major canvas in homage to the coronation of Pope John XXIII and his revolutionary Ecumenical Council – which

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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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