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Landscape of Dali’s Homeland Mirrored in Dali’s Paintings

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 08, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Yes, Salvador Dali was a Surrealist. Of course. The most famous one of all. But he was also a realist. A great one. And I mean realist in two different ways: his realistic painting technique, and as a source of inspiration. Let me explain.   Much – perhaps most – of Salvador Dali’s ideas sprang from his imagination. His subconscious. His active dream world. How else can one

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Dali’s ‘Christ’ Appears in St. Pete; Octopi Help Create Great Art

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 05, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   AND THE DALI’S GO TO… Asia seems to be buying up a lot of things these days – including “Maison pour Erotomane” and “Gradiva,” the two small early 1930s Salvador Dali paintings that fetched nearly $5 million and $4 million, respectively, at a recent Sotheby’s auction in London. Dali Museum curator Joan Kropf tells me both winning bids were from Asian collectors who bid anonymously over the phone.

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Tiny Dali brings Nearly $5 million at Much-Anticipated Auction

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 01, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Two little Salvador Dali gems – miniaturist oil paintings essentially out of circulation for some 80 years – sold for multiple-millions of dollars last evening at Sotheby’s auction house in London.   “Gradiva,” seen here, an oil on copper (8-1/8 in. x 6-1/8 in.), fetched a grand total of $3,745,144.   “Maison pour Erotomane,” seen here, oil on panel (5-1/2 in. x 7-1/8 in.), garnered $4,923,481. Very small.

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Dali Works Fanning the Flames of Spring Auction Fever!

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 26, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Put aside spring fever for now – let’s talk auction fever! I always get a bit of a rush (you, too?) when interesting Salvador Dali works are about to go on the auction block. It again puts Dali on the world stage. And it’s simply intriguing to see what a given work sells for…who buys it…how close the hammer price is to the pre-auction estimate…and whether the winning

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‘Seven Lively Arts’ a Fiery, Fantastic Chapter in Dali’s Career

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 22, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Possibly the most intriguing project ever undertaken by Salvador Dali – one with a twist no one saw coming – was when impresario, lyricist, and theater showman Billy Rose commissioned Dali to create seven paintings for Rose’s “Seven Lively Arts” revue in 1944 at his Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.   Rose (1899 – 1966), who penned the popular song, “Me and My Shadow,” and whose autobiography,

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Jasmine a Symbol of Purity, Beauty in Works by Salvador Dali

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 19, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Sometimes tiny, seemingly insignificant details grow to become fascinating points of interest along the journey to discover more and more about Salvador Dali and his incomparable creations.   With thoughts increasingly tipping toward spring, I want to focus today on the simple but elegant white flower, the jasmine. This wonderful little flower is associated with all things good: love and romance; beauty and sensuality; and, in religious ceremonies,

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Spring Very Much in Bloom in the Works of Salvador Dali

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 15, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   It’s almost spring. When a man’s thoughts turn to…..Salvador Dali, of course. And with spring nearly on the doorstep, let’s throw open the windows and look at some works by Dali that, to a greater or lesser extent, exude at least some thoughts of spring.   I’m thinking flowers, butterflies, and perhaps even a dandelion or two.   To say Salvador Dali was a complex figure is a

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Two Virtually Unknown Dali Paintings Rediscovered, Headed for Auction

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 12, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   When it comes to Salvador Dali, the hits just keep on coming! The latest? It was just revealed that two dandy Dali’s, in private hands for more than seven decades, will be heading for the auction block Feb. 28 at Sotheby’s in London. According to news reports, the two oil paintings were commissioned by and sold to the Argentinian Countess de Cuevas de Vera. Nicknamed Tota, she divided

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"Mystical Carnation": lost, for now.

Stolen Dali Painting, ‘Mystical Carnation’, a Beautiful Enigma

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 08, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Call it the “un-Dali.” But not the way the soft drink, 7-Up, was famously dubbed the “un-Cola.” Instead, I’m talking about a beautiful c.1950 painting by Salvador Dali, titled “Mystical Carnation.” According to the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation in Spain, “Mystical Carnation” is an oil on unknown support; of unknown dimensions; unknown location; unsigned; undated.   Unbelievable. And unfortunate.     It’s also unknown – to me, anyway – just

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Dali Dabbled in Sports — in a Manner of Speaking, Anyway!

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 05, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   In the shadow of America’s hysterically popular Super Bowl 52, let’s take a look at Dali the athlete. Come again? OK, the man was many things; a sports figure he was not.   But Salvador Dali’s life and work did include some sports references – yes, even to football. And Dali himself enjoyed at least some athleticism: he loved to swim; he had a strange penchant in his

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