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Is the ‘Wounded Watch’ the Body of Dali Himself?

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 23, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I sense there’s a tendency among Dali aficionados to focus only on the artist’s works up to 1970, the year he painted his last truly great and inspired masterpiece, The Hallucinogenic Toreador of 1970 (Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida). Dali’s post-1970 pictures – those works he still managed to produce during his increasingly tenuous physical and mental health – are, I fear, often overlooked.   If my

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Dali will Always Be Remembered First for those Withering Watches

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 19, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali will forever be remembered, first and foremost, for those soft, melting watches — his signature dish, served up like warm Camembert cheese.   Dali made the droopy clock famous when, at the ripe age of 27, he painted The Persistence of Memory.     Little did he know that comparatively tiny work would become so big in the annals of art history. I believe it can

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Dali’s Preoccupation with Death borne of Early Tragedies

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 15, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Was Dali too focused on death? And if so, why? Intriguing questions. Of course, “too” is a relative term. How overboard Dali may have gone in his preoccupation with death-related images is a matter of perspective. But there’s little debate that it most certainly sprang from some very early influences in his life – two in particular.   We know Salvador Dali the artist was the second Salvador

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Sometimes Salvador Dali was Just Plain Shocking!

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 12, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Where is it written that a professional Dali blogger has to like everything Salvador Dali created?   Nowhere.   So today I’m focusing on a peculiar work from 1929: The Sacred Heart of Christ, which features this outrageous statement by Dali: Sometimes I spit on the portrait of my mother for the fun of it.       It’s never been a favorite of mine. And it is

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Dali’s Wife Immortalized in More than 80 of his Paintings

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 09, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   It’s Gala’s turn.   At least that’s how most are viewing the newly opened Gala Salvador Dali exhibition at the National Art Museum of Catalonia in Barcelona, which runs through the rest of the summer and into the fall until the 14th of October. After all, the show – featuring upwards of 300 paintings and a spate of related memorabilia, including letters, photos, apparel, and other “Galinian” artifacts

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Dali’s Tiger; Gala’s Time to Command the Spotlight

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 05, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Are there some paintings by Dali – or prints, drawings, or sculptures for that matter – that just keep speaking to you? Calling your name? Inserting themselves in your mind’s eyes?   And are you sometimes puzzled by just what it is about a particular Dali work that beckons you? That won’t let you go?   This is exactly what occurs when I consider Dali’s large 1962 canvas,

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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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