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Dali’s Portrait of His Sister One of the Artist’s Most Tranquil Works

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 03, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali, at the milestone age of 21, painted “Girl Standing at a Window” – a work destined to be one of his most popular pictures, reproduced countless times in books, catalogs, and articles about the celebrated master of Surrealism.   The irony here may be that the subject of this canvas – Dali’s only sibling, his younger sister Ana Maria – would come to be a controversial

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Dali Cleverly Mixes Media in Portrait of King Juan Carlos

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 01, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali was a great synthesizer.   He truly loved to mix his media, trying out new things. Experimenting. Exploring new ways to express his inexhaustible creativity. Discovering new ways to see, new ways to shake things up.   One genre that Dali mined with a wide range of styles, and a unique passion, was portraiture. Most of his portrait paintings depicted their subject realistically – some so

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Hitler as a Wet Nurse? Anything’s Possible in a Dali Dream Painting!

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 27, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   In the 1930s especially, it can confidently be said that Salvador Dali was a painter of dreams. While such a description may at first seem overly obvious, it really bears closer study. Why? Because so much of our understanding of Dali’s paintings, as well as many a Dali drawing, Dali print – indeed, anything this genius created – hinges on an appreciation of the man’s dream world.  

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‘The Dream Approaches’ Emblematic of Dali’s Surrealism of the ’30s

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 24, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   If you could paint your dreams – if you first could remember them, that is – what would it look like? Salvador Dali had the unparalled ability to capture his dreams on canvas (as well as in Dali prints, watercolors, and drawings) for the great pleasure of the rest of us.   “The Dream Approaches” of 1932 is a good example of the purely surrealist, inspired canvases that

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‘The Chair’ an Example of Dali’s Unprecedented Stereoscopic Work

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 20, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Double-Dali! Dali in 3-D! Double the pleasure!   In the 1970s, just when we might have thought Salvador Dali paintings couldn’t blow our minds any further – BAAM! – the Surrealist master and Catalan genius breaks exciting new ground by applying classic stereoscopy to modern sensibilities.   I was extremely excited and impressed when I became aware of Dali’s pushing the creative envelope in the ‘70s in exploring stereoscopic or

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Dali’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Literally Rises from the Ashes!

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 17, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Tragedy and triumph descended upon perhaps the greatest series of oil paintings ever created by Salvador Dali: his “Seven Lively Arts” series commissioned by American impresario Billy Rose.   Rose bought the Ziefeld Theatre in New York and hired Dali to illustrate the theatre’s opening production. The Seven Lively Arts included opera, ballet, cinema, theatre, radio, art of the concert, and Boogie Woogie.   It has always been fascinating to

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Dali Painted a ‘Blue Dog’ Decades Before George Rodrigue Did!

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 10, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali may have anticipated an unlikely 1990s artistic phenomenon by more than five decades! This potentially astonishing fact reveals itself in his “Inventions of the Monsters” of 1937. I’ll get to the prescient details momentarily.   This 20-1/4 in. x 30-7/8 in. canvas is yet another of Dali’s “war pictures,” in that it was painted in anticipation of World War II.   The iconic burning giraffe motif, which

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‘Maximum Speed of Raphael’s Madonna’ is Maximum Dali!

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 07, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   One of the loveliest paintings from Salvador Dali’s vast catalog – combining Surrealism, Nuclear-Mysticism, Renaissance influences, and sheer beauty – is his “The Maximum Speed of Raphael’s Madonna” of 1954.   It strikes me that anyone who sort of wants it all in art is always well-served to enter the house of Dali, where virtually any style awaits you. In “Maximum Speed,” Dali has taken a classic portrait

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‘Portrait of Gala’ Shown Fading from Dali’s Life?

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 03, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali probably painted Gala more often than any other subject. She was virtually always painted in an exalted manner, often as a Madonna or angelic figure.   Consider her scrupulously noble and realistic image in “Assumpta Corpuscularia Lapislazulina.” Her reverent beauty in “Corpus Hypercubus.” Her Raphaelesque pose in “Virgin of Guadalupe.” Her conquering hero look on the banner in “Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.” And her

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‘Portrait of My Dead Brother’ a Dali Show-Stopper in St. Pete!

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 29, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali died in 1903. The first Salvador Dali, that is.   Dali-the-artist’s life was preceded by the tragically brief life of his brother, who died at around age 3 of meningitis. Almost literally nine months later to the day, Dali the future titan of 20th century art was born in the town of Figueras, Spain.   Incredibly, his parents named him Salvador, too!   The significance of

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