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Dali on Ed Sullivan Was Surely a ‘Really Big Show!’

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 10, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I recently expressed great joy in finally seeing Salvador Dali’s appearance on the old Dick Cavett Show, after literally decades of not-so-patient waiting. Dali was such a colorful, unpredictable, amusing and, yes, seemingly crazy character, that watching him talk and explain his ideas and thoughts in a forum like a TV talk show is a truly special experience.   Dick Cavett did a decent job of handling the

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Salvador Dali Was and Always Will be a Media Star; Enjoy him on the Dick Cavett Show and Dancing the Charleston Outside!

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 06, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Fellow Dali nuts who know me well know that, for countless years, I lamented and expressed serious frustration over the fact that I was aware Salvador Dali had appeared on the old Dick Cavett Show, but had never seen a clip of it.  And honestly thought I never would.   What’s more, when I was told Dali came on Cavett’s set holding an ant eater and that he tossed it

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Dali’s ‘Madonna of Port Lligat’ Keeps Us Coming back for More!

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 03, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Certain paintings, drawings, prints and other creations by Salvador Dali have something about them that’s a bit of a mystery to me. They’re works that not only grab ahold of me, but seduce me into coming back to them time and again, insisting that each time I return I discover something new.   Do you ever have this kind of experience with certain Dali’s? It’s really quite exhilarating!

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Dali Painted what he Saw, Not just what he Dreamed!

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 30, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Everyone has their “thing” when it comes to Salvador Dali. Some love how mind-bending his paintings were. Not to mention his drawings, prints, and three-dimensional objects.   Others are fascinated by his scientific and mathematical mind. Many couldn’t get enough of his eccentricities, especially when they went public in what was invariably headline-making fashion.   Of the many “things” that make Dali irresistible to me is how you

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Music Strikes a Chord — and a Nerve — in Dali’s Work

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 27, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali was almost frustratingly contradictory. His so-called false memories, discussed in his Secret Life autobiography, added to his enigma, his living paradox.   When it came to music as an art form, Dali claimed it was woefully inferior to painting. The eye clearly triumphed over the ear, he believed. The transitory nature of music paled in comparison to the tangibility and permanence of painting, Dali insisted. And yet

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Dali was Immersed in Water in More Ways than One!

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 23, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali was surrounded by water. He lived and worked near it, swam in it, boated on it, captured it in oil paint, and drank it instead of alcohol. Today it’s all about Dali and water.   Salvador and Gala lived virtually all their lives on the shoreline of the Bay of Port Lligat in northeastern Spain. Fishermen mending nets were an everyday fixture. The sea’s bounty –

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Look! Up in the Sky! It’s Salvador Dali!

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 19, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I once wrote that, had Salvador Dali painted nothing more than landscapes, his place in art history would still be assured. Of course, let’s be clear: Dali could have painted anything; his talent was beyond extraordinary.   Fortunately for lovers of landscape painting, Dali produced some remarkable ones – sometimes decked out in the regalia of mind-bending surrealism, on other occasions just cloaked in everyday clothes. Either way,

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Titles of Dali’s Paintings often Intended to Confound

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 15, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   One of the fascinating, ingenious, and at times amusing aspects of the art of Salvador Dali is how he titled his works. Some titles are so lengthy, verbose, and convoluted – or just impossible to remember – that alternative titles were adopted to abridge things and liberate writers like me from the laborious task of keystroking their names. Which I’m not sure anyone ever remembers with complete accuracy.

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Will Dali’s huge Masterworks one day be Exhibited Together?

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 12, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   One of my Dali dreams? To tour an exhibition of all of Salvador Dali’s “masterworks” in one mind-blowing exhibition!   I believe it was Salvador Dali’s leading collector (and benefactor of the Salvador Dali Museum, first in Beachwood, Ohio, then when it relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida), Reynolds Morse, who coined the term “masterwork” to describe certain Dali paintings.   His criteria were two-fold: the work had to

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Dali’s Technique Self-Described as ‘Hand-Painted Color Photography’

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 09, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali specialist and friend Elliott King, Ph.D., again finds himself mentioned here, due to his recent sojourn to the land of the rising son. He has shared a little about the wealth of great Dali paintings he finally got to see in person while visiting Japan.   One little-known work is the controversial but wonderful portrait Dali painted of Ann Woodward in 1953, a woman dubiously famed as

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