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Visiting Dali? Make Sure You Call Ahead!

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 24, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   “Call ahead!”   That timeless advice – usually reserved for dinner and hotel reservations – absolutely applies when it comes to making sure your favorite Salvador Dali painting is where it’s supposed to be.   You can’t always count on that. And unless you thrive on monumental disappointment, you must call ahead. Trust me on this (you’ll read why momentarily).   I’m reminded of this sage advice by

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Dali ‘Remembers’ Africa, Though He was Never There!

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 21, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   “Impressions of Africa,” which Salvador Dali painted when he was 34 years of age, is one of the most widely reproduced of Dali’s surrealist canvases. Surely you’ve seen it in books or posters. It’s another example of how Dali’s voracious appetite for reading and synthesizing the world around him informed his art. It’s known that Dali never visited Africa. But that fact really had no bearing on his

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Wherever They Appear, Dali Works Steal the Show! (Sorry, Renoir)

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 17, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali remains a big, big, big draw. Bigger than most realize. Dali’s “Persistence of Memory,” tiny in size, has been a huge pull for New York’s Museum of Modern Art. After all, it owns the most universally recognized Dali painting – and  the most popular Surrealist picture – ever created.   It’s impossible to know, but you can bet an enormous number of visitors to the MoMA have

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Dali Embraces Science & Religion in Spectacular ‘Nuclear Cross’

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 14, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Today let’s consider the absolute mastery of Salvador Dali as an easel painter. Make no mistake: the man was a 20th century master. He surely earned that reputation on two key grounds: his ideas were unparalleled in their imagination and prescience; and his technique was worthy of being called Old Master-like.   I like to say that – most especially with the more subconscious-induced surrealist paintings, drawings, and

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Salvador Dali Paints a Charming, Largely Unknown Work

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 10, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Dali was a master at so many things – not the least of which was his genius at surprising us, at keeping us just a little off-balance.   In 1968, for example – when Dali was mining the psychedelic ethos with extraordinary paintings like “Tuna Fishing” and “The Mountains of Cape Creus on the March (LSD Trip)” — along comes the charming, almost completely unknown canvas, “Fisherman of Port

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Dali’s Wife Gala Probably Most Enduring Theme in His Long Career

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 06, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   It was only very recently that your humble Dali historian/blogger for The Salvador Dali Society, Inc. considered the parallel between “The Angelus of Gala,” painted in 1935, and “Dali from Behind Painting Gala from Behind Immortalized by Six Virtual Corneas Momentarily Reflected in Six Real Mirrors,” c. 1972-’73. Although there’s no mirror in the earlier work, it’s pretty obvious how the two depictions of Gala share a similarity,

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Dali’s Portrait of His Sister One of the Artist’s Most Tranquil Works

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 03, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali, at the milestone age of 21, painted “Girl Standing at a Window” – a work destined to be one of his most popular pictures, reproduced countless times in books, catalogs, and articles about the celebrated master of Surrealism.   The irony here may be that the subject of this canvas – Dali’s only sibling, his younger sister Ana Maria – would come to be a controversial

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Dali Cleverly Mixes Media in Portrait of King Juan Carlos

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 01, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali was a great synthesizer.   He truly loved to mix his media, trying out new things. Experimenting. Exploring new ways to express his inexhaustible creativity. Discovering new ways to see, new ways to shake things up.   One genre that Dali mined with a wide range of styles, and a unique passion, was portraiture. Most of his portrait paintings depicted their subject realistically – some so

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Dreaming of Hitler?

Hitler as a Wet Nurse? Anything’s Possible in a Dali Dream Painting!

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 27, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   In the 1930s especially, it can confidently be said that Salvador Dali was a painter of dreams. While such a description may at first seem overly obvious, it really bears closer study. Why? Because so much of our understanding of Dali’s paintings, as well as many a Dali drawing, Dali print – indeed, anything this genius created – hinges on an appreciation of the man’s dream world.  

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‘The Dream Approaches’ Emblematic of Dali’s Surrealism of the ’30s

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 24, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   If you could paint your dreams – if you first could remember them, that is – what would it look like? Salvador Dali had the unparalled ability to capture his dreams on canvas (as well as in Dali prints, watercolors, and drawings) for the great pleasure of the rest of us.   “The Dream Approaches” of 1932 is a good example of the purely surrealist, inspired canvases that

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