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Dali and the Missing Movies

Posted by Paul Chimera on November 08, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   When it comes to Salvador Dali and film, three things leap to mind: the films Dali made; the scenes he created for films; and the films he appeared in. We think pretty immediately of creative efforts such as Un Chien Andalou and L’Age D’ Or, which he made with Luis Bunuel, and which he appeared in; Spellbound, the Hitchcock thriller for which he created the iconic dream sequence;

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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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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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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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Salvador Dali’s Influence Remains Ubiquitous, Dynamic & Endless

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 24, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Dali the influencer. That’s the Dali I want to talk about today. The man not only influenced virtually every aspect of contemporary art and popular culture during his prolific career, but continues to do so long after his passing nearly 30 years ago.   We see the influence of Dali’s uniquely “Daliesque” style of Surrealism everywhere: in print and electronic advertising. ..     In fashion and popular

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Dali’s ‘Cheerful Horse’ Title Seems Opposite from what Appears on Canvas

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 20, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali could be a man of opposites. He would, at times, say one thing, yet mean something diametrically opposed to what he’d stated. He could, for instance, claim to not like children (he called them “embryons”), yet could be seen with his arm around his godchild. He could say he drank only mineral water, yet some photos show him and Gala at a café with a bottle

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