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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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Salvador Dalí Enjoyed ‘Fooling the Eye’

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Fool me once, shame on you; fool me hundreds of times….and you may be describing a large chunk of Salvador Dalí paintings, drawings, prints and more.   Take the master of the double-image, add in technical virtuosity worthy of the Old Masters, and you’ve got the recipe for…

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Dalí: “Somebody ‘Food’ My Cookies!”

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   This photo of Salvador Dalí, taken at the Plaza Hotel in New York, reminds me of a charming true story told to me when I was being considered for the position of publicity director of the original Salvador Dalí Museum in Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland (I…

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A Great Dalí Painting that Too Often Flies Under the Radar

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   One Salvador Dalí painting I sense sort of flies under the radar some – a work I don’t believe leaps readily to mind when people think of the artist – is “Sistine Madonna,” a.k.a., “Madonna of the Ear.”   So today’s a good time to take a brief…

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Dalí Used TV as Performance Art and Brilliant Career Promotion

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   In Salvador Dalí’s rather famous appearance on the American TV game show, “What’s My Line?”, the celebrated artist was asked if he was a leading man. Dalí responded, “Yes,” to which the show’s host had to dial up a bit of corrective clarification.   But when it came…

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Dalí & Disney Struck a Chord Few Have Known About

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   There’s always so much to discover, rediscover, and just marvel at when the subject turns to Salvador Dalí. Whether we’re talking about his paintings, prints, drawings, watercolors, sculptures or other creative projects, there seems to be an endless supply of tasty morsels for us to consume with gusto….

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