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Dali & Gala were many things….but ‘co-creators?’ We think not.

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 05, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   There are probably as many myths and mysteries surrounding the life and work of Salvador Dali as there are ants, flies, and crutches that invaded his surrealist paintings, prints, drawings and other works over his long and remarkable surrealist career.   Just what is completely, verifiably true and what is not is often up for debate. I recall once receiving a photo of an alleged clean-shaven Dali; his

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Dali Created ‘Fossilized Automobile’ from ‘Scratch’

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 01, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I’ve had countless discussions with fellow “Dalinists” about works brought to our attention that are alleged to be by Dali, but feature characteristics that raise doubts. Sometimes we’re surprised to learn that many are indeed genuine, even when certain peculiarities raise some red flags.   A widely reproduced oil on panel from 1936 is, in my view, one of those Dali works that – had we not known

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No matter how you look at it, Dali’s ‘Santiago’ is Spellbinding

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 29, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I return now and again to my favorite Salvador Dali painting, Santiago El Grande, and today I do so after seeing a recent news story about the painting’s permanent home – the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick.     The story focused – as most stories about the Beaverbrook invariably do – on its undisputed star of the show: Dali’s immense and majestic Santiago El Grande,

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Dali and Enigma were Lifelong Companions

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 25, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   “Enigma” might as well have been Salvador Dali’s middle name. So much of his mind-bending surrealism was wrapped in a cloak of enigma, with the unraveling left up to us. That’s always been the ultimate fun of it all: trying to understand what Dali might have been telling us in his diverse and often confounding images, be they paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, or some other mixed-media expression of

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Untimely Death of Dali’s Mother Inspired Him to Become World Famous

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 22, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Much has been written about the rocky relationship between Salvador Dali and his father. The senior Dali disowned his son – and the feeling was mutual – when Salvador brought Gala into the picture. It also didn’t help that the young artist’s irreverent personal and artistic tendencies further drove a wedge between him and his strident notary father (happily, there was an eventual reconciliation).   Nevertheless, Dali painted

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Salvador Dali: Go *Small* or Go Home!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 18, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Like it or not, size matters. At least when it comes to the art of Salvador Dali. We’re talking paintings, of course, not prints or drawings or sculpture, albeit some of those offer surprising revelations, too.   But size inevitably enters into the Dali picture, and probably first reared its head when we consider his most famous painting, The Persistence of Memory.   University students have had, and continue to

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Dali and the ‘Stendahl Syndrome’: a Heady Surrealist Experience

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 15, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I was recently reminded of an intriguing phenomenon – invariably related to the appreciation of art – known as the Stendhal Syndrome.   It’s a condition named after 19th-century French author, Stendhal (pseudonym of Marie-Henri Beyle), who, during his 1817 visit to Florence, Italy, was overcome with emotion. Wikipedia notes that Stendhal Syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when

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London’s Freud Museum is Honoring Freud-Dali Connection

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 11, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Dali jokingly proclaimed, “There’s never a dully moment with Dali!” The man had a great sense of humor, even if that particular one-liner could have benefited from some support from his iconic crutches.   There’s also never a moment when Dali isn’t in the news. Or so it seems. People often ask me, “How are you able to write regularly about an artist who’s been dead for nearly

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Dali and Nudity: A Match Made in Surrealist Heaven!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 07, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   The issue of nudity in art recently hit home with me in connection with my own amateur art career, but I won’t bore my readers here with details. It raises an important issue, though: that of the naked human form in art. How much, if any, is too much? What is in “good taste” and what is not? And how did it factor into Salvador Dali’s art?  

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‘World Exclusive’: Did Salmon Steaks Inspire Dali’s Best-Known Painting?

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 03, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   It’s curious how dots sometimes get connected in the world of Salvador Dali. Often when you least expect them to. Often in most arcane and peculiar ways.   A friend of mine, who’s an avid reader of this blog, as well as of The Salvador Dali Society, Inc.©’s Facebook Salvador Dali page – Alicja Sieroslawska of Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland – recently visited the Teatro-Museo Dali in Figueres, Spain for

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