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A Double Double-Image in a Dali?

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 06, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   One of the great things about Salvador Dali paintings, Dali prints, drawings and other works by the Spanish master of surrealism is that you can often see things in them that you didn’t see during earlier visits.   This happened to me just today, as I was contemplating part of a three-panel commission by Dali: his “Fantastic Landscape” – one of three excellent wall-mounted oil paintings he

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Italian Architect Influences a Dramatic Dali!

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 02, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali writer & historian   What motivated Dali? What inspired him? What was in his head before he set brush to canvas? Intriguing questions – ones often not easily answered.   But today let’s try to answer them as they apply to a work from the 1930s – a period most critics agree was Dali’s most fertile and important period. For the record, I don’t necessarily agree with that contention, since I

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Dali’s Unusual, Ingenious ‘Atomic Still Life’

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 27, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   I have a feeling Dali art aficionados are not ambivalent about his 1947 oil on canvas, “Intra-atomic Equilibrium of a Swan’s Father” (often shortened to simply “Feather Equilibrium”). They either really admire the work, or find it flat and somehow lacking in emotional impact.   Your humble blogger has always been intrigued by this unique Dali painting and I definitely fall on the side of those who

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Dali marries Myth and Science Masterfully in ‘Leda Atomica’

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 23, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   A small Dali painting with a huge impact and following, “Leda Atomica” (1949) is one of Salvador Dali’s best works – masterfully painted and among the true treasures in the permanent collection of the Teatru-Museu Dali in Figueres, Spain.   Certain paintings by Dali seem to have a jewel-like quality about them, a kind of precise perfection. I’m thinking of similarly small works such as “Ghost of

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Dali, Roosevelt and Lincoln on this President’s Day!

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 20, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   On this President’s Day in the U.S.A., I thought we’d take a look at a little-known and rather unusual Dali mixed-media piece that spotlights the U.S. president at the time the work was created, 1942 – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, better known as FDR. Salvador Dali and his wife Gala were in exile in the United States during the 1940s, due to the war, spending time at

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‘Sleep’ Among Salvador Dali’s Best-Known Works

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 16, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   “Sleep” is one of the best-known surrealist paintings by Salvador Dali; practically every book featuring representative examples of Dali’s art includes this painting from 1937.   People seem to love it – perhaps because of its relative simplicity, while at the same time due to its bizarre expression of the phenomenon of sleep. The huge balloon-like head stretched across the width of the canvas – the heavy form

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Photo Realism Informs Dali’s Portrait of His Wife

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 13, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   Salvador Dali described his technique as “hand-painted color photography.” It may be difficult to find a Dali painting that fits that description better than “Portrait of Gala With Rhinocerotic Attributes” of 1954.   The work, in the Teatru-Museu Dali in Figueres, Spain, depicts a 60-year-old Gala in such a photographic fashion that we can be certain he worked from a photograph of his wife, muse and leading

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Dali’s ‘Infanta’ is Homage to Velasquez; Was Eleanor Morse’s Favorite

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 09, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   When I was publicity director of the original Salvador Dali Museum in Beachwood, Ohio, near Cleveland, a frequently asked question was posed to the museum owners (and benefactors of the present-day Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida), Reynolds and Eleanor Morse: “Which Dali painting is your favorite?”   Eleanor was unhesitant: “Velasquez Painting the Infanta Margarita with the Lights and Shadows of His Own Glory,” 1958. Mrs.

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Dali’s ‘Mirage’ is Little-Known but Surrealistically Seductive!

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 06, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   Perhaps there’s a bit of irony in this, but in my view some of Salvador Dali’s very best creations were executed for unabashedly commercial assignments. A well-known example are the wonderful mixed-media pieces he produced for Bryan Hosiery. And this not very well known but spectacular oil painting about which I’m writing today: “Mirage” of 1946. The irony comes from the fact that many people – during

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‘Philosopher Illuminated…’ May be Dali’s Darkest Painting

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 01, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   While we can always admire any Salvador Dali painting for its imaginative nature and impressive technique, sometimes the meaning of his works leave us with more questions than answers. For this blogger, that’s certainly the case with Dali’s 1939 oil on canvas, “Philosopher Illuminated by the Light of the Moon and the Setting Sun” (private collection).   This is surely one of the least-known of Dali’s paintings,

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