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Mystery of Largely Unknown Dali Masterpiece Begins to Unravel

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 04, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Today I’m excited to consider the nearly impossible: a huge Dali masterpiece that almost literally no one has ever seen or known about. OK, maybe that’s my effusiveness running amok some. But I know for certain that, since this work was never shown in any English-language book or catalog of Dali’s work (and perhaps never in any other language, either, until it was up for sale in 2007), the

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Did Dali’s Iconic ‘Fried Eggs’ Start Sizzling in the 1600s?

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 31, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian COPYRIGHT 2017   I can’t say so with absolute certainty. But today I believe I’m revealing an undetected fact of Dalinian iconography that has never before been reported in any book or magazine or any other media about history’s greatest Surrealist: Salvador Dali.   Risking melodrama, this might qualify as breaking news or a news flash. I say “might,” because I cannot be positive the parallel you’re about to

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Inspired by Vermeer, Dali Pays Special Homage to the Dutch Painter

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 28, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   (Today’s blog post is my 100th exclusively for The Salvador Dali Society, Inc.!)   Salvador Dali never lost sight of the important painters who shined long before him and greatly influenced his art – and he wanted us to remember them, too. One excellent example of this is represented in Dali’s oil on canvas, “Apparition of the Town of Delft,” completed in 1936.   This wonderful little Dali

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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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Science & religion together.

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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