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The Beautiful Vaulted Dali Painting No One Knows About!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 08, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   When your journey takes place in the head of Salvador Dali, there are bound to be mysteries along the way.   Today’s post explores one of the finest Dali paintings no one ever talks about – because virtually no one knows of it! It goes by either “The Hour of the Monarchy” or “The Royal Hour.”   *** (Further in this post, I reveal how Dali came up with

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‘Tuna Fishing’ a Colorful, Dynamic Tour de Force

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 07, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian & Writer   Some believe “Tuna Fishing” is Salvador Dali’s greatest painting. They may be right.   Of course, it’s just an opinion. But you’d get little argument from this blogger and many others.   “Tuna Fishing” (1967-’68) is so many things. First, it may be the most colorful painting Dali ever created, though rivaled by “The Hallucinogenic Toreador” and some others. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a more

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‘Ecumenical Council’ Perhaps Best Known for Dali’s Self-Portrait

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 04, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer Whenever Salvador Dali took on any major project, the world watched and waited – sometimes with bated breath. With so unpredictable a figure as Dali, you never quite knew what to expect from this eccentric denizen of contemporary counter-culture.   So when Dali declared in 1959 that he was working on a major canvas in homage to the coronation of Pope John XXIII and his revolutionary Ecumenical Council – which

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Dali Turns Mundane into Masterpiece with ‘Dionysus’ Miniature

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 02, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali  Historian & Writer There are so many Dali paintings, Dali prints, Dali drawings, Dali…everything that are positively stunning, yet often don’t garner the banner headlines the artist’s larger, more widely known works do.   Dali art doesn’t have to feature soft watches, burning giraffes, spider-legged elephants – or be massive in size – to be sensational.   Today’s post is a case in point – a shout-out to Salvador Dali’s miniatures.

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Ancient Sculpture Inspires a Modern Dali!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 31, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian & Writer Salvador Dali was influenced by…EVERYTHING! A random shadow cast by tree limbs gave rise to inspiration. A commercial image on brand name packaging triggered a vision. But there were also certain long-standing interests Dali cultivated that drew him in and shaped the ideas for his next masterpiece. Such was the case in his seldom considered but quite fascinating “Rhinocerotic Disintegration of Illisus of Phidias” (1954). In this case,

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Dali’s ‘Perpignan Railway Station’ Exudes Palpable Energy!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 28, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian & Writer Certain Dali works speak to me. In fact, I can almost feel them – feel their grip – psychically and even physically. Sounds crazy, I know. It’s impossible to explain. But maybe you’ve experienced it, too. There’s a consuming, compelling energy that certain works of art radiate. It’s a known phenomenon that some people get dizzy, even pass out, when they find themselves standing before immensely powerful, profoundly

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Was Dali’s Iconic “Persistence of Memory” a Kind of Death Mask?

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 26, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian & Writer Here’s a different take on the most talked-about, yet possibly least understood of Dali paintings – his iconic “The Persistence of Memory.” This small 1931 canvas, painted when Salvador Dali was just 27 years old, goes unchallenged as not only Dali’s most universally recognized work, but the most famous Surrealist painting ever. The soft watches are synonymous with the art of Dali. They were his pictorial calling card.

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Masterpiece Proves Dali was a Hyper-Realist Before Hyper-Realism was Cool!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 24, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian & Writer It’s easy to see why many people consider “Nature Morte Vivante” (“Still Life, Fast Moving”) their favorite Salvador Dali painting. It’s a spellbinding canvas, largely because Dali painted it with a technique rivaling Vermeer or Velasquez. I saw this stunning 1956 work for the first time in the home of Reynolds and Eleanor Morse, the late Cleveland, Ohio couple who were the benefactors of the Dali Museum in

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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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