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Jesus Has Left the Building, and Other Dali News

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 19, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Picture it. You’ve waited for years to see in person the Salvador Dali masterpiece that is perhaps the most famous religious painting in modern history: “Christ of St. John of the Cross.”   Your heart pounds with rising intensity as you approach the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow, Scotland. And in short order the news slams you like a Pacific tsunami:   “I’m sorry. Dali’s ‘Christ of St.

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Dali's dog, borrowed.

Dali, a Dog, and ‘Dalinian Continuity’!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 15, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   It’s possible that, were it not for Salvador Dali’s eccentricities and obsessions, he might not have preserved history quite as well.   What am I talking about?   Simply this: Dali’s locking onto certain details in works by masters who came before him – a focus that was often obsessive, such as his nearly pathological obsession with the painting, “The Angelus” by Millet – ensured that these artists’

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Salvador Dali’s Bryan Hosiery Art is Sheer Delight!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 12, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali had one of the greatest one-liners ever in justifying his undeniable commercialism that developed on the heels of his worldwide artistic fame. Said Dali: “Most people work so they can make money; I make money so I can work!”   What the Surrealist master meant, of course, was that the large sums of money he was paid to execute commercial commissions allowed him the time and the freedom to pursue his

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The Shoes and Symbolism of Dali’s ‘Original Sin’

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 09, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   One of the most surprisingly simple and tranquil paintings by Salvador Dali – while at the same time one that’s puzzled and confounded many Dali enthusiasts – is his interesting little oil on canvas, “Original Sin,” painted in 1941. Copyright Gala-Dali Foundation   The work is technically brilliant, really showing off Salvador Dali’s consummate draftsmanship. Look at the way he handled the veins in the woman’s foot. And

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Dali's rarely seen, ghostly "Spectre"

Dali’s ‘Spectre’ Painting Little Known, Ideal for Halloween!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 05, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   One of the most exciting things for me in this lifelong Dali adventure is encountering never-before or seldom seen works by the Surrealist master. It’s almost like the sublime feeling a scientist must get when the archaeological dig he or she is on suddenly turns up an ancient artifact of startling significance.   Today I’m focusing on an early Salvador Dali painting that was reproduced only in black

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Sex on the beach?

Dali gave us ‘Sex on the Beach’ in 1926 Picasso-inspired Work

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 02, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali called Pablo Picasso his “artistic father,” and the elder Spaniard’s influence on some of Dali’s early work is undeniable – such as in the subject of today’s blog post: the small, approx. 8 inch by 11 inch “Figures Lying on the Sand” of 1926.     Not only did Picasso paint “The Bathers” and several similar works that invite comparison to the Dali painting, but clearly

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Polyhedron: capturing the third dimension.

Holography was ‘New House of Creation’ for Dali

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 28, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   In the early 1970s, just when I thought Salvador Dali couldn’t top the amazing works he was creating at the easel, along came an article in TIME magazine that literally knocked me on my gluteus maximus.   I was introduced to an utterly new phenomenon – holography – and how Salvador Dali was the first major artist to leverage this breakthrough technology for fine art purposes.   Accompanying

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Striking simplicity.

Dali Portrait of Gala Completely Devoid of ‘Shenanigans’

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 25, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali’s unpredictability was an undeniable part of his appeal.   What would the “divine Dali” do next, we often wondered? What astonishment would emerge from his easel? What controversial new work was going to make worldwide headlines tomorrow? How would he shock us today?   So it must have come as a surprise to much of the art world when the splendid “Gala Nude, Seen From Behind”

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Ascensionist Saint Cecilia of 1955

It was Rhino Horns Gone Wild during Dali’s ‘Atomic’ Era!

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 21, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   When Salvador Dali got an idea in his head, he was often obsessive about it – obsessive to the point of a kind of mania. This passion for what he found indispensable in carrying out his quest to be the best artist of his time was evidenced in, among other things, his focus on rhinoceros horns.   “I see rhinoceros!” became an iconic line in the 2011 Woody

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Part-surreal, part-classic

Dali’s ‘Napoleon’s Nose’ on Edge of Surreal and Classical

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 18, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Sometimes the myriad ideas that must have been colliding constantly in Salvador Dali’s mind at any given time found an echo in certain of his paintings that featured a disparate and dizzying array of thoughts, reflections, obsessions, and fetishes.   And while the titles of many Dali paintings were almost annoyingly inscrutable, others pointed unambiguously to what was in store for us. This latter case is well exemplified

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