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‘Giant Flying Mocha Cup…’ as Enigmatic as Dali Himself!

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 10, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Today’s Salvador Dali painting is one of his most enigmatic: “Giant Flying Mocha Cup with an Inexplicable Five Metre Appendage.” It’s pure surrealism and quintessential Dali – punctuated with Freudian symbolism and nodding to the Swiss Symbolist, Arnold Bocklin (who died three years before Dali was born).   For reasons that shall forever reside with Dali himself, this 1946 canvas bears a striking resemblance to one he painted

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Dali’s ‘Mountain Lake’ Presages the Imminence of War

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 06, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I’ve always been impressed by Salvador Dali’s “Mountain Lake” of 1938, even if, for much of my decades-long study of Dali’s life and work, I never quite knew why.   Surrealism is a fascinating arena in which to navigate. Strange imagery can speak to you, even if you have little or no clue as to what it might mean. After all, surrealism was very much about exploring and

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Little Known Salvador Dali Work Inspired by German Scientist

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 03, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Certain Salvador Dali paintings tenaciously glom onto my consciousness like a soft watch inextricably draped over a barren tree branch. One such work that persistently intrigues me is the very little known gouache and collage, “Celestial Coronation,” shown here in black & white because I know of no color reproduction of the privately owned work.   Thanks to Dali specialist Elliott King, Ph.D., an art professor, author and

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Dali’s ‘Lenin’ Painting Gives Us a Look Inside the Artist’s Thoughts

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 30, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   At age 27, a young Salvador Dali was smack-dab in the throes of Surrealism, and one of the best examples of his thoughts and visions transferred to oil on canvas is the important 1931 painting, “Six Apparitions of Lenin on a Piano.”   Unlike many confounding titles assigned to Dali paintings, Dali drawings and other works, this picture’s title tells us precisely what we’re seeing – but the

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Dali’s ‘Battle of Tetuan’ Seldom Seen but Makes Gigantic Impression!

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 27, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Perhaps the most seldom seen Salvador Dali painting – of the approximately 20 large-scale masterworks the Catalan genius created – is his monumental 1962 oil on canvas, “The Battle of Tetuan.” Its relative obscurity, tucked away in a museum in the city of Fukushima, Japan, is rather a shame. Because this massive canvas is one of Dali’s best and most intriguing works, while also one of the more

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Dali’s Triple Double-Image; Did it Symbolize His Fear of Death?

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 23, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Here’s another attempt to infiltrate the unparalleled mind of Salvador Dali – a task that’s both daunting and delicious! In the smorgasbord of Dali’s prolific career, there’s something for everyone’s tastes.   Enough of the food metaphor – let’s eat!   Today I’m going to riff about a dandy little oil on canvas of 1940: “Old Age, Adolescence, and Infancy,” which is one of the great canvases in

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Sometimes a Dali Painting is Just Plain Angelic!

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 20, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian & Journalist   Sweet, tranquil and charming aren’t exactly adjectives that leap to mind when one considers the art of Salvador Dali. But those of us who know better know that, indeed, there are plenty of lovely Dali paintings, Dali prints and others works by the master of Surrealism that exude a serenity and calm.   One of those works was created in 1950, when Salvador Dali took to his

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‘World Exclusive’: Woman in Famous Dali Painting May Not be Headless After All!

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 16, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   What? There’s something about artist Salvador Dali and, specifically, about a Dali painting, that the whole world seems to agree on! Seriously?   It appears that way, when the subject is Dali’s tiny little jewel of an oil painting, “The Spectre of Sex Appeal,” one of the priceless treasures in the Teatro-Museo Dali in Figueres, Spain. This diminutive oil on panel, painted when Salvador was a mere

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A ‘Typical’ and yet ‘Atypical’ Dali

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 13, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   Today’s Salvador Dali painting – “Image Mediumnique Paranoiaque” of 1935 – is both typical and atypical of Dali’s imagery and style. It’s a very small picture, open and airy in parts, tight and precise in others. What was Dali thinking when the 31-year-old set up his canvas on this occasion?   Of the many mysteries that surround Dali the man, and his unique brand of surrealism, there’s

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‘Espana’ (Spain) Considered one of Dali’s Best

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 09, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   “Spain” (1938) is universally regarded as one of the finest and most important paintings in all of Salvador Dali’s surrealism.   When we try our best to get inside Dali’s head – a generally impossible task, of course – we can readily see that, in “Spain,” the artist was clearly making a statement about the Spanish Civil War, which gripped his beloved country and was a nightmarishly

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