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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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ASK THE DALI GURU, JOE NUZZOLO: A Weekly Conversation . . .

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 12, 2016
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This is the first of a once-a-week interview with Dali guru Joe Nuzzolo, President of The Salvador Dali Society, Inc. Dali Society historian/blogger Paul Chimera will be asking the questions. Enjoy! Paul Chimera (PC): You have an important Dali Catalog Raisonne coming out. When can we expect it to be published and why is it important for Dali collectors to have this resource? Joe Nuzzolo (JN): I have been accumulating information for the book since

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Dali’s Parental Disenchantment Clear in ‘Enigma of William Tell’

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 12, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Society Historian/Writer Who among us hasn’t had some conflict with our parents at some point in our lives? Especially when we were younger? Being, on occasion — sometimes extended occasions — disenchanted with parental authority is almost a rite of passage, yes? Twenty-nine-year-old Salvador Dali was no different. In 1929, he found himself at a critical time in his personal and artistic life. He was on the cusp of courting the

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Celebrating Dali’s ‘Columbus’ on Columbus Day!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 10, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Society Historian/Writer The late Reynolds Morse, Dali’s leading patron, Dali expert and benefactor of the Dali Museum in St. Pete, Florida, was an intense man. He spoke his mind. He was insistent in his beliefs. Even if it meant duking it out with Dali. “I don’t like it. It doesn’t fit with the rest. You’re going to ruin it!” That was Morse’s comment when he and his wife Eleanor stood inside

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‘Toreador’ Puts ‘All of Dali’ into One Painting!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 07, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Society Historian/Writer The year 1970 was another prolific and productive year for then 66-year old Dali. But it shall forever be remembered for his completion of a single painting — what some consider the greatest of all of his paintings: “The Hallucinogenic Toreador.” As a Dali expert, I’ve devoured hundreds of Dali works — probably to an obsessive level. I’ve always found his surrealism far more interesting and inventive than that

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Dali ‘Horns’ in on Interpretation of Vermeer’s ‘Lacemaker’

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 05, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Society Historian/Writer “I always want the public to completely understand what I do, and how I do it, right from the start,” said no Spanish Surrealist master named Salvador Dali, ever! It was, of course, very much the opposite. Dali thrived on consternation, bewilderment, confusion, and mystery. He was a living enigma, and he cultivated that distinction as carefully as his iconic, manicured mustache. So when the then 51-year-old artist took

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