Was a French Woman, not Gala, the Model in this Dalí Masterpiece?

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian-Writer Copyright 2019   The face of the woman standing in the upper portion of Salvador Dalí’s huge 1962 painting, Battle of Tetuan – presumed to be Dalí’s wife Gala ever since it was painted 57 years ago – now appears to actually be that of a young former United…

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Salvador Dalí Gone 30 Years, but his Genius is Eternal

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian-Writer   It’s been 30 years. Thirty years since the world lost one of the most important, gifted, controversial and colorful artists of all time: Salvador Dalí.   January 23, 1989. The day Dalí died. It still makes me twitch a little with sadness, just writing those words.   People…

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Salvador Dalí: Chairs in the Sky; Framing a Modern Classic

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian-Writer   Today’s post is going to be a kind of grab-bag of things, consistent with the intrinsic diversity of Salvador Dalí’s art itself. The fact is that the man was so prolific and exhibited such a rich mixture of styles and subjects, it’s really rather difficult to label him…

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Salvador Dalí, All Across America — Home of his Most Famous Work

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian-Writer   Spain leaps to mind, of course, when we think of Salvador Dalí. Dalí, after all, was as Freud described him: “a complete example of a Spaniard.” And Freud added, “What a fanatic!”   But for those of us fortunate enough to live in the United States, we’re blessed with…

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Kooky Dalí-Designed ‘Locomotive’ Led NYC Parade in ’59

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian/Writer   I love coming across things about Salvador Dalí that (a) I know I’ve never been aware of before, and (b) I’m pretty sure most others haven’t either. Today’s post is a double-whammy – the good kind – because I’m looking at two Dalí creations that have escaped my…

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