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‘Portrait of Gala’ Shown Fading from Dali’s Life?

Posted by Paul Chimera on July 03, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali probably painted Gala more often than any other subject. She was virtually always painted in an exalted manner, often as a Madonna or angelic figure.   Consider her scrupulously noble and realistic image in “Assumpta Corpuscularia Lapislazulina.” Her reverent beauty in “Corpus Hypercubus.” Her Raphaelesque pose in “Virgin of Guadalupe.” Her conquering hero look on the banner in “Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.” And her

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‘Portrait of My Dead Brother’ a Dali Show-Stopper in St. Pete!

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 29, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali died in 1903. The first Salvador Dali, that is.   Dali-the-artist’s life was preceded by the tragically brief life of his brother, who died at around age 3 of meningitis. Almost literally nine months later to the day, Dali the future titan of 20th century art was born in the town of Figueras, Spain.   Incredibly, his parents named him Salvador, too!   The significance of

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Do your dreams look like this?

‘Little Ashes’ a Quintessential Dali Dream Snapshot

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 26, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   “Little Ashes” of 1928 (also known as “Little Cinders”) is pure surrealism as Salvador Dali defined it best. The surrealists were determined to explore the subconscious world, the dream world – and here Dali has opened a window for us onto a moment in the endless film reel of his secret – yet public – life.   It has been suggested that the sleeping head at left represents Dali

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Bread loaf? Penis? Both?

Salvador Dali Knew How to Make a Bread Loaf Penis-like!

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 22, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Sometimes I believe scholars of the life and art of Salvador Dali overthink his surrealism. They ascribe profound meanings and esoteric psychoanalytic interpretations to aspects of his work that may or may not be plausible or necessary.   Me? I sometimes think Dali simply liked to shock. And, often, to be overtly sexual in the erotic and suggestive images that arose from many of his canvases – especially

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Unlikely Painting was Favorite of Dali’s Leading Patron

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 19, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   When I was director of publicity for the world’s first Salvador Dali Museum – then located in Beachwood, Ohio, near Cleveland and since relocated (in 1982) to St. Petersburg, Florida – one question was probably posed more often than any other to the collection’s owners, A. Reynolds and Eleanor Morse: which work in the collection is your favorite?   Mine is and always has been “The Hallucinogenic Toreador.”

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Think Sex: Dali’s ‘Morning Ossification of the Cypress’

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 15, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   There’s something quintessentially surrealist – and perhaps quintessentially Dalinian – about “Morning Ossification of the Cypress,” which a 30-year-old Salvador Dali painted in 1934. Ironically, the work is at once both strange and a bit eerie, yet also rather peaceful, devoid of a lot of elemental details that sometimes crowd confined spaces in Dali’s pictures.   At first blush, the painting certainly has a dream-like quality to it.

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Early Dali Watercolor of Daily Scenes Includes a (Soft?) Clock

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 12, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   We recently considered in this space from the Salvador Dali Society, Inc., Dali’s 1929 oil painting, “First Days of Spring.” Today’s work – also known as “The First Days of Spring,” was created around 1922-’23, is wash on paper – and may be one of the most delightful works ever created by the scion of Surrealism.   As a Dali historian and writer, I admit that I tend

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A Dali war picture.

Is this Dali Painting the Most Unusually Titled of His Prodigious Output?

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 08, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I don’t mean to dwell on so-called “war pictures”; I’ve written about several of them in recent blog posts. But today’s entry confronts a 1938 Dali painting that puts an exceptionally unusual twist on one’s anxiety over impending war – in this case the Spanish Civil War – and lays claim to one of the strangest titles of any Salvador Dali painting.   I’m talking about “Debris of

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‘First Days of Spring’ one of Dali’s Great Early Surrealist Gems!

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 05, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali’s “First Days of Spring,” painted when he was 25, seems to be “seasonally correct” (as opposed to politically correct) as we enjoy spring while on the cusp of the first days of of summer. It’s one of the rare Dali paintings that does NOT feature the mountains, cypress trees and rock formations from his beloved Spanish countryside, which populated so many of Dali’s works.   Instead, “First

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Dali Symbolized War through Giraffes on Fire!

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 01, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   One of the saddest realities of life is that history shows us there were very few if any times when war wasn’t a reality somewhere on our planet. Salvador Dali reflected this disquieting fact in a host of important works of art, beginning with his iconic oil on panel of 1935, “Flaming Giraffe” (Kuntsmuseum, Basel, Switzerland).   It’s funny how certain Dali paintings sometimes transport us back to

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