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‘Noel’ One of Dali’s Delightful Expressions of ‘Merry Christmas!’

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 19, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   Salvador Dali was a man of great contrasts. “Noel” of 1946 is sure to surprise those who equate Dali solely with the bizarre and the madcap. Here is what simply has to be considered one of Dali’s loveliest paintings, whose obvious seasonality is appropriate to spotlight this week. There’s more to “Noel” than meets the eye, although the obvious is delightful. The gently falling snow, and the snow that’s

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‘Cannibalism of Praying Mantis…’ One of Dali’s Most Haunting Works

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 14, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   Dali’s artistic world was far from a tidy place. Yes, he painted many beautiful works – works that would not in the strict sense of the word even be considered surrealistic. Much of it was masterful realism, with a dash of mysticism and, of course, at least a hint of surrealism.   But a great deal of Salvador Dali’s work courted the disquieting, the bizarre and, at times, the

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‘Virgin of Guadalupe’ Exudes Stunning Photographic Quality

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 12, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   At the risk of repeating myself, let me emphasize how important Salvador Dali’s technical mastery as a draftsman was to the impact of his paintings. A truly superb example is “The Virgin of Guadalupe” of 1959.   The photographic precision with which Dali painted this large masterwork convinces us that what we’re seeing is real, not imagined. Just as the Virgin revealed herself to be real when, according to

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Dali’s ‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’ is Magical!

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 07, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   If I were to list what I believe are the 10 best oil paintings by Salvador Dali, “Metamorphosis of Narcissus” would be near the top. This picture, which Dali took with him when he had his one and only – and legendary – meeting with Surrealism’s patron saint, Sigmund Freud, features the absolute best of Dali’s fertile imagination, unique vision, and striking technique.   Critics like to state that

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‘Meditative Rose’ Demonstrates Dali’s Beautiful Side!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 30, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   My blog posts generally run about 500 words. But I think I could get away with a single word about Dali’s 1958 painting, “Meditative Rose”: Gorgeous!   This canvas puts to rest any notion that Dali was solely about the bizarre, the narcissistic, the twisted, the way, way out there! Not at all. Not by a long shot. Fact is, Salvador Dali created some of the loveliest paintings of

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Dali’s ‘Transparent Simulacrum…’ Has a Buttery Precision About It

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 28, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   Your dali.com blogger today is keeping it “local” with my focus on a wonderful picture Salvador Dali painted in 1938: “The Transparent Simulacrum of the Feigned Image.” The work is the one and only Dali oil in the permanent collection of the Albright-Knox Art Museum in my hometown of Buffalo, New York – and it’s a terrific example of surrealism at its finest. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the

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No One Did Double-Imagery like Dali!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 25, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   One thing Dali is best remembered for is his mastery of the double-image. What fun he must have had orchestrating and executing these eye-fooling, mind-bending visual effects. And what fun we have enjoying them, because most everyone likes to be astonished by great, engaging, sometimes playful art.   One of the best examples of Dali’s double-imagery is “Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach” (1938). I’ve seen

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‘The Great Masturbator’ Holds a Mirror to Dali’s 25-Year-Old Psyche

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 22, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   For this blogger, the toughest thing I have to grapple with when talking about Dali’s “The Great Masturbator” is its title. Call me a hopelessly conservative guilt-ridden old curmudgeon, but I still cannot say I’m fully comfortable telling people the name of this work.   But this blog is all about Dali – and this painting (OK, I’ll say it again: “The Great Masturbator”) is part of the open

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‘Apotheosis of Homer’ is Quintessential Surrealism and more!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 16, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   If there’s any doubt that Salvador Dali was a genius and master painter, it’s promptly dispelled when you feast your eyes on his 1944-’45 painting, “Apotheosis of Homer.”   This just might be a kind of masterful surrealist counterpart to Dali’s more pop and op art sensation, “Tuna Fishing” (1967-’68), in that – like “Tuna Fishing” – “Apotheosis of Homer” manages to synthesize a medley of ideas, influences and

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Soft Watches on a Grand Scale at Dali’s 1939 World’s Fair Pavilion!

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 14, 2016
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By Paul Chimera Dali Historian/Writer   A large Salvador Dali painting (done in four adjoining sections) often overlooked when considering the wall-size works of the Surrealist master is his 1939 “Dream of Venus.” Thirty-five-year-old Dali created this picture – chockablock with iconic Dalinian images and symbolism – expressly as a backdrop inside his trippy and controversial Dream of Venus pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City.   Dali was one smart surrealist!

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