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Sorry, Dali’s ‘Persistence of Memory’ Isn’t Home Right Now.

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 11, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Would the Louvre be quite the same without Leonardo’s Mona Lisa? Would New York’s Museum of Modern Art be the same without Dali’s Persistence of Memory?   A recent news report about The Persistence of Memory being on loan to an art exhibition in Australia brought back a personal memory that got me thinking about the worst potential museum-going experience: learning that the one main work you came

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Dali: ‘I Wanted to Become the Most Spectacular Painter in the World!’

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 07, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   In the book, Salvador Dali, by Robert and Nicholas Descharnes (Edita – Lausanne, 1993), Dali is quoted thusly: “At the age of 25 I wanted to become the world’s most sensational painter, and I did.”   It’s interesting that Dali didn’t say he wanted to become the world’s “best” painter. He said he wanted to become the most sensational painter. This is a telling comment about how he

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Dali’s ‘Lost Classic’ Reimagined 81 Years Later!

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 04, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Like the weather, Dali is hot, hot, hot!   Have you noticed how Salvador Dali is turning up just about everywhere these days? There’s a major feature biopic in production now about the Master, titled DaliLand, with Ben Kingsley playing Dali in his later years, along with Leslie Manville as Gala and Tim Roth as Captain Peter Moore.   Meanwhile, there’s developing news out of Australia, which is

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The Inside Scoop on Dali’s Outdoor Painting!

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 31, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   The French term “plein air” means open air, and refers to the process of creating a work of art outdoors. Salvador Dali loved the outdoors – most especially at his villa in Port Lligat, Spain, but even during the cold season, when he and Gala spent several decades making New York City their winter home.   It was not uncommon to see Dali and Gala taking horse-drawn sleigh

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Salvador Dali Influenced…Everything!

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 28, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Dali the influencer…where to begin? Salvador Dali has influenced, well, just about everything. There are so many areas of culture and society on which his extraordinary creativity has left its mark. It’s dizzying.   One of today’s pop culture icons – the often unpredictable and flamboyant singer/musician Lady Gaga – is an unabashed Dali aficionado, clearly influenced by the Master. Here’s an interesting photo of her sprouting Dalinian

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Salvador Dali and the ‘Awe’ Factor!

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 24, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   So many of Salvador Dali works truly leaves us in awe. The term “awesome” is way overused today. It’s become a tired cliché. Being in awe of something is to truly be transfixed and transformed by it. And that’s a rare occurrence.   But it happens with astonishing frequency when we consider certain of Salvador Dali’s works. Everyone has their favorites. My bias will be evident here, because

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Dali’s Watercolors a Beautiful Look at his Painterly Genius

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 21, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali was a master watercolorist. It’s a medium often overlooked when we consider Dali’s genius as a painter. Oils…drawings…prints…sculpture, sure.   But watercolors? I have a strong sense that few of us think of these washy works on paper when we consider the main man of surrealism. Yet we really ought to – and today we’re going to.   Here’s why: some of Salvador Dali’s absolute best work

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Dali Pulls Off Illusion that He’d Painted the Sky!

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 17, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I remember,  many years back – sometime in the 1960s, I think it was – seeing a short Associated Press wire service story in my hometown newspaper. It announced a seemingly outrageous new declaration from Salvador Dali that the controversial Spanish artist was “planning to paint the sky.” The brief story didn’t expand on such a stupefying promise from the Catalan master, but simply reported that this was the latest and most

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Salvador Dali: Adapter Extraordinaire!

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 14, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   To a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To Salvador Dali, everything was a potential canvas. He was known to even paint pictures on paper coffee cup covers!   Some of Dali’s best work was when he adopted the role of adaptor or modifier, taking existing images and executing changes to them that were imaginatively transformative. There are practically countless examples of this creative approach. Let’s look at

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Bogus Dali ‘Wedding Photo’ & other news

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 10, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   By now, surely everyone’s heard of the dubious phenomenon known as “fake news.” But it doesn’t just affect politics; it can also rear its head in the world of art. In the case of Salvador Dali, it has – in several ways. One I’ve just come across, others have been annoying long-term misrepresentations.   Let’s take the long-standing issue first. This picture:     is NOT – repeat,

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