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Dali’s ‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’ is Magical!

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 07, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   If I were to list what I believe are the 10 best oil paintings by Salvador Dali, “Metamorphosis of Narcissus” would be near the top. This picture, which Dali took with him when he had his one and only – and legendary – meeting with Surrealism’s patron saint, Sigmund Freud, features the absolute best of Dali’s fertile imagination, unique vision, and striking technique.   Critics like to state that

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‘Christ of St. John of the Cross’ One of Best Known Images in the World

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 05, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   Today’s post is not merely about a Salvador Dali painting. It’s about what could arguably be considered one of the greatest paintings in all of art history: “Christ of St. John of the Cross” (1951). There might have been a time when such a powerful assertion would have been met with skepticism. No longer. Dali’s “Christ of St. John of the Cross” is so popular, so penetrating, so beautifully

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‘Meditative Rose’ Demonstrates Dali’s Beautiful Side!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 30, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   My blog posts generally run about 500 words. But I think I could get away with a single word about Dali’s 1958 painting, “Meditative Rose”: Gorgeous!   This canvas puts to rest any notion that Dali was solely about the bizarre, the narcissistic, the twisted, the way, way out there! Not at all. Not by a long shot. Fact is, Salvador Dali created some of the loveliest paintings of

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Dali’s ‘Transparent Simulacrum…’ Has a Buttery Precision About It

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 28, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   Your dali.com blogger today is keeping it “local” with my focus on a wonderful picture Salvador Dali painted in 1938: “The Transparent Simulacrum of the Feigned Image.” The work is the one and only Dali oil in the permanent collection of the Albright-Knox Art Museum in my hometown of Buffalo, New York – and it’s a terrific example of surrealism at its finest. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the

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No One Did Double-Imagery like Dali!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 25, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   One thing Dali is best remembered for is his mastery of the double-image. What fun he must have had orchestrating and executing these eye-fooling, mind-bending visual effects. And what fun we have enjoying them, because most everyone likes to be astonished by great, engaging, sometimes playful art.   One of the best examples of Dali’s double-imagery is “Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach” (1938). I’ve seen

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‘The Great Masturbator’ Holds a Mirror to Dali’s 25-Year-Old Psyche

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 22, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   For this blogger, the toughest thing I have to grapple with when talking about Dali’s “The Great Masturbator” is its title. Call me a hopelessly conservative guilt-ridden old curmudgeon, but I still cannot say I’m fully comfortable telling people the name of this work.   But this blog is all about Dali – and this painting (OK, I’ll say it again: “The Great Masturbator”) is part of the open

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It’s Not Hard to See how Dali’s ‘Santiago El Grande’ Becomes a Favorite!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 20, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   Sometimes the things that are hardest to write about are, ironically, the things you love the best. All objectivity is nearly impossible to come by. Emotions take hold. And then, who knows?   That’s my disclaimer in waxing somewhat adoringly about Salvador Dali’s immense and monumental painting, “Santiago El Grande” of 1957 (Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick, Canada).   Where to begin? I actually love the subtitle, not often

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‘Apotheosis of Homer’ is Quintessential Surrealism and more!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 16, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   If there’s any doubt that Salvador Dali was a genius and master painter, it’s promptly dispelled when you feast your eyes on his 1944-’45 painting, “Apotheosis of Homer.”   This just might be a kind of masterful surrealist counterpart to Dali’s more pop and op art sensation, “Tuna Fishing” (1967-’68), in that – like “Tuna Fishing” – “Apotheosis of Homer” manages to synthesize a medley of ideas, influences and

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Soft Watches on a Grand Scale at Dali’s 1939 World’s Fair Pavilion!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 14, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   A large Salvador Dali painting (done in four adjoining sections) often overlooked when considering the wall-size works of the Surrealist master is his 1939 “Dream of Venus.” Thirty-five-year-old Dali created this picture – chockablock with iconic Dalinian images and symbolism – expressly as a backdrop inside his trippy and controversial Dream of Venus pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City.   Dali was one smart surrealist!

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Dali’s ‘Lincoln’ Remains One of His Most Beloved Works of Art!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 11, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   Given the absolute stunner of a presidential race just concluded in America, let’s look at Salvador Dali’s depiction of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, in a work commonly referred to as the “Lincoln” painting, or “Lincoln in Dali-Vision,” but whose actual title is “Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea which at a Distance of 20 Meters is Transformed into the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln (Homage to Rothko),” 1976.   You’ll note

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