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‘The Voyeur’ One of the Great Works of a Teenage Dali

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 03, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Writer/Historian   As a Dali historian, blogger, collector, and die-hard aficionado, I confess I don’t focus nearly enough on Salvador Dali’s early art – the very first works he created as a teenager and even younger.   Of course, it’s easy to get distracted from such a focus, given the immensely seductive allure of his 1930s surrealist pictures and the tremendously powerful paintings, prints, drawings and works in other mediums

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Fire was a Hot Subject in a host of Dali Paintings, Prints & more

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 31, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Writer/Historian   It’s “fuego” in Spanish. “Foc” in Catalan. And it occupies a curious place in the life and work of Spain’s hottest artistic product, Salvador Dali. I’m talking, of course, about “fire.”   Dali’s most prominent and provocative representation of fire appeared in his outrageous and iconic images of a giraffe on fire, which made its first appearance in The Burning Giraffe of 1936-1937. This paradoxical and dramatic image

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Photo References Reveal how Dali’s Landscapes were Very Real

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 26, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   The importance of Dali’s homeland in Port Lligat, on Spain’s Costa Brava, can never be underestimated. Dali’s surrealism was influenced enormously by the distinctive, unique shapes, colors, and textures of the rocky terrain that skirted his and Gala’s seaside villa.   The terraced cliffs, dramatic skies, and peculiar, naturally occurring rock formations provided a limitless wealth of inspiration for Dali. The result was a body of work –

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Here’s Why Sometimes Dali’s Work Looked Photographic

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 24, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali’s work is so much more interesting – at least I think so – when you can get a glimpse into his creative process. Dali was such a perfectionist of a painter (not to mention as a creator of prints, drawings, watercolors, sculpture, even holograms) that it’s fascinating to get a sense of how his works evolved along the way, from concept to completion.   Specifically, as

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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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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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Forgotten Horizon 1936 Salvador Dal? 1904-1989 Bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs A.E. Pleydell-Bouverie through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1968 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T01078

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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