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Le peintre Salvador Dali peignant dans son atelier, circa 1970, en Espagne. (Photo by Etienne MONTES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

A Photographic Tour of Salvador Dali at Work

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 20, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I know that many of my fellow Salvador Dali enthusiasts/aficionados/collectors/fans/scholars/historians – call us what you will – are as fascinated by Dali the man as by Dali the artist.   What we mean, of course, is that we love the Dali persona: the antics, the surrealist happenings, the public flamboyance, the relentless egocentricity. It made Dali Dali.   And while we love the fruits of Dali’s tireless efforts

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Dali Christmas Card Design Features 4 Double-Images

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 17, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali did a variety of interesting greeting card designs for Hallmark, but for my money none was as lovely and painstakingly executed as the one here, though I don’t know if it has a title. No matter; what we can comfortably call it is quintessentially Dalinian by the Surrealism’s greatest master. And especially unique for its double-imagery.     I find it significant, perhaps ironic, that time

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Dali’s ‘Solitude’ might Capture a Certain Sentiment of the Season

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 13, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Sometimes we get so focused on the large paintings, intricate prints, and masterful drawings of Salvador Dali that we tend to overlook some of his less prominent yet still very revealing works.   Today I’m putting the spotlight on a small oil on canvas (approx. 10” x 14”, private collection), that in a sense is profound in its simplicity. And relevant in the emotion it evokes, as unfortunately

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Feeling of Ascension sets Dali’s Depictions of Christ Apart

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 10, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   One of the hallmarks of Salvador Dali’s art was his counter-culture vision: when, in art school, his drawing instructor had the class copy a particular statue, Dali drew a pair of scales! That’s what he saw, he insisted.   How an artist “sees” is what makes him or her unique. It’s what sets one artist apart from another, and from us. It allows us to share the artist’s

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The Many Depictions of Christ, Salvador Dali-Style

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 06, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Christians honor the real reason for the season – not that they don’t also lock a big holiday hug on jolly old Saint Nick – and this brings us to – of all people – Salvador Dali.   Dali’s religious art in general is legendary and impressive. And his depictions of Jesus Christ in particular are pretty widely known; some consider them examples of his very best work.

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DALI’S DELIGHTFUL DIVERSITY!

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 03, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I’m continually dazzled by Dali’s undying diversity. OK, shameless alliteration aside, it really is rather extraordinary to consider how truly diverse Salvador Dali’s catalog was.   While Dali was indefatigably a Surrealist, his work embraced so many different styles that it’s little wonder he was so inscrutable to categorize.   Take, for example, his monumental The Sacrament of the Last Supper of 1955. While it’s the most popular work of art

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Dali’s Portrait of Poet Remains his Highest Auction Price

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 29, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   In the Dali world, we’re still waiting for “the big one.” No, not a California earthquake (God willing, that will never happen), but a blockbuster auction sale of a Dali painting. A sale that eclipses even heavy-hitters like Picasso and Warhol and Van Gogh.   The kind that catapults the name Salvador Dali into international headlines for all the right reasons. The kind that will have people everywhere

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Dali’s Technique: ‘Not a Single Mislaid Stroke’

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 26, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   We know quite a bit about what Dali painted, but not so much about how he painted. So I was pleased to recently come across information provided by the Tate Museum in London about its 1936 painting, Forgotten Horizon, and how master Dali painted it.     The work is small, just a little larger than an 8” x 10” photograph, and was one of a series of paintings

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Dali Gone 30 Years, Come January 23rd . . .

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 21, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   It’s impossible to comprehend that, come January 23, 2019, Salvador Dali will have been gone 30 years.   I vividly remember as if it were yesterday being glued to the television set and taping (VHS tapes in the VCR; it was state-of-the-art at the time) every report I could about the Master’s passing. Every station imaginable carried the news, of course, of the artistic titan’s death. As did

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Salvador Dali: ‘A Genius with a Lot of Energy!’

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 19, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Sometimes it seems as if the world couldn’t quite turn on its axis without the influence of Salvador Dali shining its bright light….somewhere.   Recently, that light made for a most illuminating talk at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Its collection – donated by the late Reynolds and Eleanor Morse, originally of Cleveland, Ohio – is surely the best in the world. Included among the

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