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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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The Dali ‘Ascension’ Mystery & other Curiosities

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 16, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   What a joy to discover new things in the paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and mix-media works of Salvador Dali. Same goes for his many books, when I sometimes re-read one – or a section of one – and pick up on things I somehow missed first time around.   Today let’s focus on something of which I’m not sure many Dali enthusiasts are aware. It’s a bit esoteric,

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A Look at the Quirkier Side of Salvador Dali!

Posted by Paul Chimera on April 12, 2018
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian   It’s great fun and a fascinating adventure studying and examining the wide and varied aspects of the life and work of this celebrated Catalan artist. This wild and wonderful genius, Salvador Dali. There’s literally an endless supply of truths and myths, current news and historical morsels to discover, explore, dissect, enjoy, and learn from.   Take, for example, two somewhat mysterious, or at least unusual works by Dali I

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