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Small Salvador Dali Painting could bring Big Price at Auction

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 18, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   February always vibrates with the buzz of what’s coming up at the big auction houses later in the month. This time there’s excitement in the air – certainly for me, and I suspect for quite a few others – over an Untitled 1932 Salvador Dali oil painting of rather small dimensions (9-3/8 inches x 6-1/2 inches).     It goes on the auction block at Christie’s The Art

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Salvador Dali’s ‘Soft Construction’: ‘I Knew it was Something Special’

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 07, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   “So, how did you get hooked on Dali?” people ask me all the time.   “Soft Construction with Boiled Beans,” I reply.     That great 1936 painting was the door that opened the world of Salvador Dali to me. At the time, around 1968, I knew it solely by that title. The rest of the title – Premonition of Civil War – was never included in any

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Dali’s Obsession with Millet’s ‘Angelus’ was a Key Dimension of his Mystique

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 04, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   Obsessed! There’s probably no better way to put it when it came to Salvador Dali’s relentless focus on The Angelus – a painting by Jean-Francois Millet. Dali saw the widely known, iconic painting of a peasant couple in prayer as an image of repressed sexual desire.     And he also saw it as a funeral scene, since he’d long contended that the 19th century French painter had

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Dali did Double-Imagery Better than Anyone Else

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 31, 2019
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  By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   One of the most impressive and memorable aspects of Salvador Dali’s art was his absolute mastery of double-imagery. I’m not sure any artist in history did it as well as Dali did.   This, of course, is when a painted object or scene becomes, at the same time, something entirely different – depending on how your brain shifts your visual perception from “A” to “B” and back

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There’s Room for Both Gala and ‘Marie’ at the Top of Dali’s ‘Battle of Tetuan’!

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 24, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   It turns out there’s room for both at the top of Salvador Dali’s large Battle of Tetuan painting: Gala standing above the battle scene, and – in a background detail – the coronation of the Virgin, for whom a young United Nations guide appears to have been the inspiration.   Readers of this blog (www.dali.com/news) are asked to refer to the post of Wednesday, Jan. 23 (the 30th

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Was a French Woman, not Gala, the Model in this Dali Masterpiece?

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 23, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer Copyright 2019   The face of the woman standing in the upper portion of Salvador Dali’s huge 1962 painting, Battle of Tetuan – presumed to be Dali’s wife Gala ever since it was painted 57 years ago – now appears to actually be that of a young former United Nations guide, whose look was the precise “type” for which Dali was searching.     At least that’s the view

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Salvador Dali Gone 30 Years, but his Genius is Eternal

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 21, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   It’s been 30 years. Thirty years since the world lost one of the most important, gifted, controversial and colorful artists of all time: Salvador Dali.   January 23, 1989. The day Dali died. It still makes me twitch a little with sadness, just writing those words.   People ask me all the time, “What is it about Salvador Dali that interests you so much?” I always respond with

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Salvador Dali: Chairs in the Sky; Framing a Modern Classic

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 17, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   Today’s post is going to be a kind of grab-bag of things, consistent with the intrinsic diversity of Salvador Dali’s art itself. The fact is that the man was so prolific and exhibited such a rich mixture of styles and subjects, it’s really rather difficult to label him as a surrealism master alone.   Dali did everything! He was a surrealist painter, of course. But his career spanned

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Kooky Dali-Designed ‘Locomotive’ Led NYC Parade in ’59

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 09, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian/Writer   I love coming across things about Salvador Dali that (a) I know I’ve never been aware of before, and (b) I’m pretty sure most others haven’t either. Today’s post is a double-whammy – the good kind – because I’m looking at two Dali creations that have escaped my radar for more years than I care to count.   The first involves the strangest “locomotive” Dali was asked to

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Salvador Dali Struck a Chord with some Iconic Rock Legends

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 07, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian/Writer   Salvador Dali’s popularity – during his long and illustrious career, and still very much today – was not unlike that of a rock star. He was not merely a great artist, but a pop celebrity as well.   I remember an anecdote shared years ago by Eleanor Morse, who, along with her husband Reynolds, was benefactor of the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was recounting what

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