Every Door to Dalí is Dandy!

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   There’s an endless number of doors behind which fascinating stories emerge when we enter the house of Salvador Dalí. I’m talking metaphorically, though Dalí’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…

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

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Salvador Dalí painted some of the most extraordinary portraits in history. They invariably paired two distinct forces: Dalí’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…

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Salvador Dalí was something of an architect, too!

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Salvador Dalí, 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, Dalí’s thoughts and talents were never really very far from the…

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Salvador Dalí Gave a Most Remarkable Wedding Gift!

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Your Salvador Dalí 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,…

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The Dalí ‘Ascension’ Mystery & other Curiosities

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   What a joy to discover new things in the paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and mix-media works of Salvador Dalí. 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….

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A Look at the Quirkier Side of Salvador Dalí!

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí 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 Dalí. There’s literally an endless supply of truths and myths, current news and historical morsels to discover, explore,…

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Little-Known Velasquez Work Inspires a Religious Dalí Painting

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   We know how passionately Salvador Dalí revered the Old Masters. He advised fledgling artists to “begin by painting like the Renaissance masters; after that, do as you wish, you will always be respected.”   Dalí knew that refining one’s technique and taking to heart Ingres’ belief that “drawing…

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