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Mother Nature Can’t Take Wind Out of Dali’s Sails!

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 02, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   BREAKING NEWS (St. Petersburg, Florida)… What meteorologists are calling a freak hurricane, packing far more punch than would be expected this time of year, has destroyed virtually all of the permanent collection of priceless art in the Salvador Dali Museum here, sources say.   Major paintings by the Spanish Surrealist master – including enormous canvases such as The Hallucinogenic Toreador, Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, and Lincoln

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Some Believe Dali was an Even Greater Writer than Artist

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 28, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali, one of history’s great writers.   What? Writer? I thought Dali was an artist? You know, the Spanish surrealist who was a press agent’s dream, with his penchant for publicity and ability to make headlines with every twitch of his mustache.   All true. But Salvador Dali was also a prolific and deft writer. And more than a few critics and scholars have opined he was

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Dali’s Simulation of Paranoia Secret to his Magic

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 25, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Can you name one of the most important keys to Salvador Dali’s genius? Something the average Dali aficionado probably doesn’t know about? Something intangible yet widely considered among scholars to be of enormous consequence in the ability of Salvador Dali to create so many extraordinary paintings, prints, drawings and works in other media?   What I’m talking about is exceptional. Exclusive to Salvador Dali. And a major secret

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Salvador Dali and Celebrity: He was a ‘Star’s Star!’

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 20, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   My friend, Elliott King, Ph.D., a Dali expert, professor, author, and exhibition curator, summed it up nicely: “Dali was sort of a star’s star.”   So true. Which is why this post focuses on Dali and celebrity – his, and those celebs with whom he had some connection. By no means is this an exhaustive survey or in-depth study of the topic at hand.   I’ve simply touched

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One of History’s Greatest Paintings, by Dali, Returns Home

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 18, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I’m returning today to Salvador Dali’s monumental masterpiece, Christ of St. John of the Cross, upon news of its long-awaited return home. Scotland’s favorite work of art had been away from the Kelvingrove Art Museum in Glasgow for months – first on loan to the Royal Academy of Arts in London, then a stint at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.     Now the nearly

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Dali’s Double-Imagery was a Hallmark of his Genius

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 14, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   With summer just seven days away, let’s embrace a lovely little motif that Salvador Dali employed in a number of his works – whether oil paintings, prints, watercolors, even three-dimensional items.   I’m talking about his double-image of birds in a sunny sky that collectively form a human face. When people try to define just what it was about Salvador Dali that set him apart from his contemporaries,

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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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