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Dali Imagines an LSD Trip in ‘Trippy’ 1967 Painting

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 22, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Here’s a Dali you’re more than likely not familiar with: “The Mountains of Cape Creus on the March (LSD Trip),” painted in 1967 at the height of the psychedelic, free love, acid-popping movement (not to mention the year this dali.com blogger graduated from high school).   “Mountains of Cape Creus on the March (LSD Trip)” – executed in watercolor and India ink – was painted the same year

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Sheer Beauty Underpins Dali’s ‘Galatea of the Spheres’

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 18, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   “Galatea of the Spheres” (1952) brings together in a single oil on canvas a number of influences that informed Salvador Dali’s work and set the direction of his art when he was in his late 40s.   For this blogger, first and foremost, we get to see Dali, the painter of beauty – an informal title he proclaimed in protest to the destructiveness he lamented was evident in

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Dali Paid Homage to Raphael in ‘Madonna of the Birds’

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 15, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali was a wonderful watercolorist, and a great illustration of this is found in his “Madonna of the Birds” of 1945, in the The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. This Dali painting is a clear nod to the Renaissance master Raphael, whom Dali always included when naming his top three favorite painters, probably in this order: Velasquez, Raphael, and Vermeer.   Dali was never afraid

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Dali’s ‘Royal Tiger’ a Departure Yet Still ‘Dalinian’!

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 11, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   There are a number of paintings by Salvador Dali that are something of a departure from what we’ve come to expect from the master of Surrealism. I think today’s look at the multi-faceted genius of Dali presents a great example of this: “Fifty Abstract Paintings which as Seen from Two Yards Change into Three Lenins Masquerading as Chinese and as Seen from Six Yards Appear as the Head

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‘Accidental’ Sighting Gives Birth to Dali’s ‘Paranoiac Face’

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 08, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   When we talk about an artist’s vision, we usually mean his or her sense of innovation or prescience. In the case of Salvador Dali, we also have to consider the concept of “vision” in a more literal sense – thanks to his unique Paranoiac-Critical creative method.   Put simply, the concept referred to Dali’s uncanny ability to see things that others did not – and successfully transcribe such visions

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Did 1933 Dali Painting Anticipate Lady Gaga’s ‘Meat Dress’?

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 04, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Did Dali think Gala was good enough to eat? Were her alluring beauty and inspiring presence as savory and seductively tempting as a sumptuously prepared meal? One would certainly think so, after contemplating “Portrait of Gala Balancing Two Lamb Chops on Her Shoulder,” painted when the artists was 29 years old.   Salvador Dali, for most of his adult life, had an almost impossible reverence for his Russian-born

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Dali’s ‘Enchanted Beach’ Shows Off his Unique Double-Imagery

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 01, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   During my tenure as publicity director of the original Salvador Dali Museum of Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland – the museum subsequently relocated to St. Pete, Florida in 1982 – I found that museum visitors had a special affinity for “Enchanted Beach with Three Fluid Graces.”   The 1938 oil on canvas remains a crowd pleaser, and it’s easy to see why. First, that wonderful Dali technique: soft,

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Dali Hits Death-Like Note in ‘Necrophiliac Fountain Flowing from a Grand Piano’

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 27, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali looked at just about everything in his world – real or imagined – far differently than mere mortals! That might sound a touch dramatic, but it’s really not far from the truth. The fact is that Dali seemed destined from the very beginning to be, well, different. Different in how he conducted himself. Different in what he thought and how he viewed the world. Different in

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‘Swans Reflecting Elephants’ Exudes Dali’s ‘Soft, Sinewy’ Technique

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 24, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Many of Salvador Dali’s painting titles are convoluted, confusing and seemingly designed for consternation. But not “Swans Reflecting Elephants.” This one tells us exactly what we’re seeing. Salvador Dali simply loved double-imagery, hidden imagery, and other forms of optical illusion. That was probably because he had a special affinity for the phenomenon of paranoia, in which those afflicted with the disorder often times believe they see things that

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‘Birth of Liquid Desires’ a Mirror to Dali’s Inner Desires & Fears

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 20, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   One painting that truly captures the essence of Surrealism in general and Salvador Dali’s unique brand of it in particular is the great 1932 canvas, “The Birth of Liquid Desires,” which reportedly Gala Dali sold directly to the iconic collector, Peggy Guggenheim.   Here we have a textbook example of how Dali expressed his psychological conflicts and obsessions in a manner almost as if he could gain some

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