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Dali’s ‘Infanta’ is Homage to Velasquez; Was Eleanor Morse’s Favorite

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 09, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   When I was publicity director of the original Salvador Dali Museum in Beachwood, Ohio, near Cleveland, a frequently asked question was posed to the museum owners (and benefactors of the present-day Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida), Reynolds and Eleanor Morse: “Which Dali painting is your favorite?”   Eleanor was unhesitant: “Velasquez Painting the Infanta Margarita with the Lights and Shadows of His Own Glory,” 1958. Mrs.

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Dali’s ‘Mirage’ is Little-Known but Surrealistically Seductive!

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 06, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   Perhaps there’s a bit of irony in this, but in my view some of Salvador Dali’s very best creations were executed for unabashedly commercial assignments. A well-known example are the wonderful mixed-media pieces he produced for Bryan Hosiery. And this not very well known but spectacular oil painting about which I’m writing today: “Mirage” of 1946. The irony comes from the fact that many people – during

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‘Philosopher Illuminated…’ May be Dali’s Darkest Painting

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 01, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   While we can always admire any Salvador Dali painting for its imaginative nature and impressive technique, sometimes the meaning of his works leave us with more questions than answers. For this blogger, that’s certainly the case with Dali’s 1939 oil on canvas, “Philosopher Illuminated by the Light of the Moon and the Setting Sun” (private collection).   This is surely one of the least-known of Dali’s paintings,

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Dali’s ‘My Wife Nude…’ Ingeniously Links Classic and Modern

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 30, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   Some Salvador Dali paintings just seem to embody everything about the man’s genius: his inimitable ideas, his Renaissance-like technical skill, his vision and innovation, and his unique success in seamlessly melding classicism and modernism.   Such is the case in the stunning “My Wife Nude Contemplating Her own Flesh Becoming Stairs, Three Vertebrae of a Column, Sky and Architecture” of 1945.   Just how completely Dali “worshipped”

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Dali’s ‘Skull of Zurbaran’ Just Might be Perfect!

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 26, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   Ever notice how certain Salvador Dali works just give you a good feeling? I suppose it’s usually when the work is “pretty,” like “Meditative Rose.” Or amusing, like “Celestial Ride” – both discussed in earlier posts here.   For reasons largely unexplainable, I’m compulsively drawn to Dali’s 1956 “Skull of Zurbaran,” in the collection of the Hirschhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. I’ve seen it at the Hirschhorn several

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Dali’s ‘Naughtiest’ Painting formerly Owned by Hugh Hefner!

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 23, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   It sure is fitting that, until it was sold at auction some years back for upwards of $2 million, “Young Virgin Autosodomized by Her Own Chastity” (1954) was one of the long-time prized possessions of Playboy impresario Hugh Hefner. Who better to proudly display what is arguably Salvador Dali’s naughtiest work of art!    What might we suppose Dali was thinking at this time? What message, if

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Salvador Dali’s ‘White Calm’ an Early Gem of Realism

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 19, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer/Historian   I’m not sure you can point to any other major artist whose catalog was as diverse and, at times, as unpredictable as that of Salvador Dali’s. The man famous – and infamous – for transcribing nightmarish images to canvas was the same man who captured some of the most placid, more conventional, and certainly astonishingly beautiful scenes with his eclectic imagination and steady hand. One painting Dali created, at

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‘The Soft Watch’ Forever a Symbol of Salvador Dali!

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 16, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   It’s high time we returned in this blog to Salvador Dali’s signature image – the soft, melting watch. But this time the floppy watches first seen and best known in Dali’s 1931 “Persistence of Memory” are now giving way to a new altered state in “La Montre Molle (‘The Soft Watch’).   In 1954 – the year this popular canvas was painted – Dali was back in Spain

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Respect, Humor, Masterful Painting Inform Dali’s ‘Ghost of Vermeer…’

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 12, 2017
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By Paul Chimera Dali Writer & Historian   Some of Salvador Dali’s biggest achievements can be found in his smallest paintings. “The Ghost of Vermeer of Delft, Which Can be Used as a Table” is a perfect example. This is one of those jewel-like miniatures that tend to almost stun with their technical virtuosity. Like any Dali painting, print, drawing, watercolor or sculpture, “Ghost of Vermeer” (1934) must be seen in the flesh to gain a true

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‘Assumpta…’ by Dali has both Beauty & Shock Value!

Posted by Paul Chimera on January 09, 2017
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The impossible-to-pronounce “Assumpta Corpuscularia Lapislazulina” helps tells us where the then 48-year-old Dali’s head was at when he painted this spectacular but strange Nuclear Mystical masterpiece in 1952. Dali was deeply invested in his new atomic period at this time, proclaiming he was “becoming classical” and moving away from Surrealism toward a new vision, a new ethos in painting: the melding of science, religion and mathematics. “Assumpta Corpuscularia Lapislazulina” is a great example of this

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