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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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Dali’s Double-Imagery was a Hallmark of his Genius

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 14, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   With summer just seven days away, let’s embrace a lovely little motif that Salvador Dali employed in a number of his works – whether oil paintings, prints, watercolors, even three-dimensional items.   I’m talking about his double-image of birds in a sunny sky that collectively form a human face. When people try to define just what it was about Salvador Dali that set him apart from his contemporaries,

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Dali’s ‘Lost Classic’ Reimagined 81 Years Later!

Posted by Paul Chimera on June 04, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Like the weather, Dali is hot, hot, hot!   Have you noticed how Salvador Dali is turning up just about everywhere these days? There’s a major feature biopic in production now about the Master, titled DaliLand, with Ben Kingsley playing Dali in his later years, along with Leslie Manville as Gala and Tim Roth as Captain Peter Moore.   Meanwhile, there’s developing news out of Australia, which is

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The Inside Scoop on Dali’s Outdoor Painting!

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 31, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   The French term “plein air” means open air, and refers to the process of creating a work of art outdoors. Salvador Dali loved the outdoors – most especially at his villa in Port Lligat, Spain, but even during the cold season, when he and Gala spent several decades making New York City their winter home.   It was not uncommon to see Dali and Gala taking horse-drawn sleigh

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Salvador Dali Influenced…Everything!

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 28, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Dali the influencer…where to begin? Salvador Dali has influenced, well, just about everything. There are so many areas of culture and society on which his extraordinary creativity has left its mark. It’s dizzying.   One of today’s pop culture icons – the often unpredictable and flamboyant singer/musician Lady Gaga – is an unabashed Dali aficionado, clearly influenced by the Master. Here’s an interesting photo of her sprouting Dalinian

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