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Dali Never Lost Sight of the Masters who Helped make Him Great!

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 04, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   For the real Dali enthusiast, it’s always enlightening to discover new things about the artist, how he worked, what inspired him.   I think I’ve found an influence that is not commonly cited for comparison when it comes to Salvador Dali’s first Nuclear-Mystical masterwork – the large and richly nuanced “Madonna of Port Lligat” of 1950.   Scholars have typically and sensibly seen the influence in Dali’s painting

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‘Persistence of Memory’ Will Always be Most Famous Dali Image

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 01, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I think it’s fitting to ring in the New Year by re-visiting where it really all began for Salvador Dali in terms of the single painting that propelled him to ultimate fame. The one that will always remain his best-known work: “The Persistence of Memory” of 1931.   I’ve said this before but it bears repeating: I don’t think there’s any question that “The Persistence of Memory” –

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Dali Celebrates Peace & Freedom: Let’s Hope for a Great 2018

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 28, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   It’s safe to say the one hope for fast-approaching 2018 that everyone would surely wish for is that peace and freedom may be as ubiquitous around our world as soft watches and tall crutches were around Dali’s surrealist world.   In homage to such a glorious goal, I invite you to take a look at a few Salvador Dali works that celebrate peace and freedom through the lens

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Dali’s ‘Nativity of a New World’ Remains Largely a Mystery

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 24, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   If I had to name a Salvador Dali painting very few people know about; one which almost nothing has been written about; and which, in my view, is one of the most colorful, nuanced and intriguing of Dali’s oils – it would be “Nativity of a New World.” The privately owned 14-inch x 19-inch work is seldom seen on exhibition and is not commonly shown in most books

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Dali’s ‘Trinity’ Especially Meaningful this Time of Year

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 20, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Given the real reason for the season, let’s today look at Salvador Dali’s wonderful – and unusual – “The Trinity,” which was an oil study for “The Ecumenical Council,” both works created in 1960.   “The Trinity,” while a preparatory study for the much, much larger “Ecumenical Council,” in the permanent collection of the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, is itself of museum quality. Indeed, it

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Dali in 3-D!

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 18, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   We generally don’t think of Salvador Dali as a sculptor or a creator of assemblages. Instead, Dali was a painter. A print maker. A watercolorist. A writer and performance artist. But sculpture or other three-dimensional objet d’ art aren’t readily identified with the art of Dali.   Contrasting with such generalities, however, is a very specific work that went on to become one of the most recognizable creations

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Dali Never Drove, But He Got Around in Style!

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 14, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Very shortly, a larger-than-life character-hero traverses the globe in a rather unlikely vehicle – a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer. Salvador Dali – our own brand of character-hero – never got a driver’s license. But he managed to get around in a variety of conveyances – including one of his own invention.  That would be his Ovocipede, which he created and presented to the world, in Paris, France, in

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Dali’s Spectacular Portraiture Continues to Fascinate!

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 10, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I think I know why Salvador Dali’s portrait work is so intriguing: it gives us an opportunity to see the way Dali saw when his vantage point was not through the lens of his paranoiac-critical vision. In other words, his imagination – for the most part – did not play a leading role in the outcome on canvas. Instead, he had to convey a true representation of his subject matter,

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Fundacio’s Dali Catalog Raisonne Features Rarely Seen Portraits & More

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 06, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   What an adrenaline rush to discover works by Salvador Dali you’ve never seen before! It’s like encountering this master painter for the first time. Or like a wide-eyed child opening a present under the Christmas tree and going flailing-arms-bonkers over what’s inside.   Thanks to the Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dali in Figueres, Spain, Santa brought me – and the world – a special gift, as it has just announced

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Is This Salvador Dali’s Earliest Surrealist Painting?

Posted by Paul Chimera on December 04, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   It seems that, depending on with whom you talk, a painting that is reportedly the earliest known surrealist work by Salvador Dali may be the real deal or subject to further research.   The news hit in 2014, when a collector came forward to reveal an oil painting he’d purchased in an antiques shop in northern Spain some 26 years earlier. His name is Tomeu L’Amo, and he suspected

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