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‘Best of’ Awards in the Career-Long Dali Show!

Posted by Paul Chimera on October 01, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   With all the award shows these days – Best of this, Best of that – I’ve decided to cite my own “Best of” when it comes to the paintings of Salvador Dali. Dali’s prints and drawings, too, might get their own “awards show” at some future date (one drawing actually does appear in today’s list).   Here, then, are the winners (or at least my votes) in 10

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Salvador Dali and the Octopus: an Artful Relationship

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 27, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   As Dali historian for The Salvador Dali Society, Inc.©, I’m often asked which Dali images I like best. My answer is unwaveringly the same when it comes to the Master’s oil paintings. My favorite is the immense and majestic Santiago El Grande (St. James the Great), the most popular work of art in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick, Canada.     But Salvador Dali was also an

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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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Salvador Dali Literally Turned Michelangelo’s ‘David’ on its Head!

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 17, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali had a lifelong love and respect for the Old Masters. He acknowledged their influence in very specific ways, at times, in certain of his works. And he emulated their technique and affinity for craftsmanship in his sharp, careful painting style.   References to great masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Velazquez, Vermeer, and Michelangelo – among others – can be found throughout Dali’s prodigious career.   One of

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Mystery of Baseball Players Revealed in Dali’s ‘Melancholy, Atomic’ Painting

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 13, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   When it comes to examining the extraordinary, complex, and often confounding life and work of Salvador Dali, you never quite know how – or if – you’ll connect the dots. But sometimes the solution comes when you least expect it.   Such was the case recently. In the most oddly-timed, esoteric, yet fascinating of ways.   It involves the interesting painting, Melancholy, Atomic, Uranic Idyll. This strange and

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Dali on Ed Sullivan Was Surely a ‘Really Big Show!’

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 10, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I recently expressed great joy in finally seeing Salvador Dali’s appearance on the old Dick Cavett Show, after literally decades of not-so-patient waiting. Dali was such a colorful, unpredictable, amusing and, yes, seemingly crazy character, that watching him talk and explain his ideas and thoughts in a forum like a TV talk show is a truly special experience.   Dick Cavett did a decent job of handling the

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Salvador Dali Was and Always Will be a Media Star; Enjoy him on the Dick Cavett Show and Dancing the Charleston Outside!

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 06, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Fellow Dali nuts who know me well know that, for countless years, I lamented and expressed serious frustration over the fact that I was aware Salvador Dali had appeared on the old Dick Cavett Show, but had never seen a clip of it.  And honestly thought I never would.   What’s more, when I was told Dali came on Cavett’s set holding an ant eater and that he tossed it

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Dali’s ‘Madonna of Port Lligat’ Keeps Us Coming back for More!

Posted by Paul Chimera on September 03, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Certain paintings, drawings, prints and other creations by Salvador Dali have something about them that’s a bit of a mystery to me. They’re works that not only grab ahold of me, but seduce me into coming back to them time and again, insisting that each time I return I discover something new.   Do you ever have this kind of experience with certain Dali’s? It’s really quite exhilarating!

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Dali Painted what he Saw, Not just what he Dreamed!

Posted by Paul Chimera on August 30, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Everyone has their “thing” when it comes to Salvador Dali. Some love how mind-bending his paintings were. Not to mention his drawings, prints, and three-dimensional objects.   Others are fascinated by his scientific and mathematical mind. Many couldn’t get enough of his eccentricities, especially when they went public in what was invariably headline-making fashion.   Of the many “things” that make Dali irresistible to me is how you

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