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Allegorical Saint and Angels in Adoration of the Holy Spirit

Dali’s Watercolors a Beautiful Look at his Painterly Genius

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 21, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali was a master watercolorist. It’s a medium often overlooked when we consider Dali’s genius as a painter. Oils…drawings…prints…sculpture, sure.   But watercolors? I have a strong sense that few of us think of these washy works on paper when we consider the main man of surrealism. Yet we really ought to – and today we’re going to.   Here’s why: some of Salvador Dali’s absolute best work

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Dali Pulls Off Illusion that He’d Painted the Sky!

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 17, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   I remember,  many years back – sometime in the 1960s, I think it was – seeing a short Associated Press wire service story in my hometown newspaper. It announced a seemingly outrageous new declaration from Salvador Dali that the controversial Spanish artist was “planning to paint the sky.” The brief story didn’t expand on such a stupefying promise from the Catalan master, but simply reported that this was the latest and most

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Salvador Dali: Adapter Extraordinaire!

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 14, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   To a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To Salvador Dali, everything was a potential canvas. He was known to even paint pictures on paper coffee cup covers!   Some of Dali’s best work was when he adopted the role of adaptor or modifier, taking existing images and executing changes to them that were imaginatively transformative. There are practically countless examples of this creative approach. Let’s look at

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Bogus Dali ‘Wedding Photo’ & other news

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 10, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   By now, surely everyone’s heard of the dubious phenomenon known as “fake news.” But it doesn’t just affect politics; it can also rear its head in the world of art. In the case of Salvador Dali, it has – in several ways. One I’ve just come across, others have been annoying long-term misrepresentations.   Let’s take the long-standing issue first. This picture:     is NOT – repeat,

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A Juicy Tale of Salvador Dali and Fresh Fruit!

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 07, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   In some ways, painting is like writing. They’re both creative pursuits, and in either case you never quite know where, when and how the muse will strike.   Today’s blog post evolved from my eating a tangerine and contemplating what I’d write about. The juicy, delicious fruit reminded me how Dali would sometimes notice a completely irrelevant object while painting and decide to include it in whatever picture

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Dali did Virtually Everything — Even Poetry

Posted by Paul Chimera on May 03, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Today’s blog post is a little different. Its focus is on Dali’s words more than his pictures. Indeed, many have contended that Salvador Dali was an even better writer than painter.   That could be debated until his soft watches turn hard, but such a deliberation would be pointless. What few would disagree with is that, while Dali was a great painter, he was also a great writer – perhaps

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Every Door to Dali is Dandy!

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 30, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   There’s an endless number of doors behind which fascinating stories emerge when we enter the house of Salvador Dali. I’m talking metaphorically, though Dali’s actual house in Port Lligat, Spain, is indeed a topic about which there are interminable tales to tell, too.   Let’s open a few disparate doors today and enjoy the diversity of things we can discover about the world of Salvador Dali . .

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Dali’s Most Famous Portrait was No Doubt that of Olivier

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 26, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali painted some of the most extraordinary portraits in history. They invariably paired two distinct forces: Dali’s idiosyncratic surrealist imagination, and his virtuoso painting technique. His sitters may sometimes have landed themselves in enigmatic landscapes, but their likenesses were captured with precision and clarity.   A case in point is the portrait I want to shine a light on in today’s post – that of Laurence Olivier in the

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Salvador Dali was something of an architect, too!

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 23, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Salvador Dali, architect. Come again? Architecture is clearly not a profession we associate with the master of the melting watch, the curator of crutches, the guru of giraffes on fire.   But if you think about it, Dali’s thoughts and talents were never really very far from the form and function of architecture.   Consider how it all began. Young Dali fell in love with Cadaques when his

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Salvador Dali Gave a Most Remarkable Wedding Gift!

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 19, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   Your Salvador Dali historian is not averse to admitting when he’s ignorant about some things pertaining to the kingpin of Surrealism. Today’s blog demonstrates that.   As many times as I’ve seen this image, below, I confess to having not focused sufficiently enough on its title and, ultimately, on the intended result of its double-imagery.   Or should we say triple-imagery?     Triple Image – Portrait of

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