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Dali and the ‘Stendahl Syndrome’: a Heady Surrealist Experience

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 15, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I was recently reminded of an intriguing phenomenon – invariably related to the appreciation of art – known as the Stendhal Syndrome.   It’s a condition named after 19th-century French author, Stendhal (pseudonym of Marie-Henri Beyle), who, during his 1817 visit to Florence, Italy, was overcome with emotion. Wikipedia notes that Stendhal Syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when

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London’s Freud Museum is Honoring Freud-Dali Connection

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 11, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Dali jokingly proclaimed, “There’s never a dully moment with Dali!” The man had a great sense of humor, even if that particular one-liner could have benefited from some support from his iconic crutches.   There’s also never a moment when Dali isn’t in the news. Or so it seems. People often ask me, “How are you able to write regularly about an artist who’s been dead for nearly

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Dali and Nudity: A Match Made in Surrealist Heaven!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 07, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   The issue of nudity in art recently hit home with me in connection with my own amateur art career, but I won’t bore my readers here with details. It raises an important issue, though: that of the naked human form in art. How much, if any, is too much? What is in “good taste” and what is not? And how did it factor into Salvador Dali’s art?  

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‘World Exclusive’: Did Salmon Steaks Inspire Dali’s Best-Known Painting?

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 03, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   It’s curious how dots sometimes get connected in the world of Salvador Dali. Often when you least expect them to. Often in most arcane and peculiar ways.   A friend of mine, who’s an avid reader of this blog, as well as of The Salvador Dali Society, Inc.©’s Facebook Salvador Dali page – Alicja Sieroslawska of Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland – recently visited the Teatro-Museo Dali in Figueres, Spain for

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‘Best of’ Awards in the Career-Long Dali Show!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 01, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   With all the award shows these days – Best of this, Best of that – I’ve decided to cite my own “Best of” when it comes to the paintings of Salvador Dali. Dali’s prints and drawings, too, might get their own “awards show” at some future date (one drawing actually does appear in today’s list).   Here, then, are the winners (or at least my votes) in 10

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Salvador Dali and the Octopus: an Artful Relationship

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 27, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   As Dali historian for The Salvador Dali Society, Inc.©, I’m often asked which Dali images I like best. My answer is unwaveringly the same when it comes to the Master’s oil paintings. My favorite is the immense and majestic Santiago El Grande (St. James the Great), the most popular work of art in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick, Canada.     But Salvador Dali was also an

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Salvador Dali’s Influence Remains Ubiquitous, Dynamic & Endless

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 24, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Dali the influencer. That’s the Dali I want to talk about today. The man not only influenced virtually every aspect of contemporary art and popular culture during his prolific career, but continues to do so long after his passing nearly 30 years ago.   We see the influence of Dali’s uniquely “Daliesque” style of Surrealism everywhere: in print and electronic advertising. ..     In fashion and popular

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Dali’s ‘Cheerful Horse’ Title Seems Opposite from what Appears on Canvas

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 20, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali could be a man of opposites. He would, at times, say one thing, yet mean something diametrically opposed to what he’d stated. He could, for instance, claim to not like children (he called them “embryons”), yet could be seen with his arm around his godchild. He could say he drank only mineral water, yet some photos show him and Gala at a café with a bottle

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Salvador Dali Literally Turned Michelangelo’s ‘David’ on its Head!

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 17, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali had a lifelong love and respect for the Old Masters. He acknowledged their influence in very specific ways, at times, in certain of his works. And he emulated their technique and affinity for craftsmanship in his sharp, careful painting style.   References to great masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Velazquez, Vermeer, and Michelangelo – among others – can be found throughout Dali’s prodigious career.   One of

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Mystery of Baseball Players Revealed in Dali’s ‘Melancholy, Atomic’ Painting

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 13, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   When it comes to examining the extraordinary, complex, and often confounding life and work of Salvador Dali, you never quite know how – or if – you’ll connect the dots. But sometimes the solution comes when you least expect it.   Such was the case recently. In the most oddly-timed, esoteric, yet fascinating of ways.   It involves the interesting painting, Melancholy, Atomic, Uranic Idyll. This strange and

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