What’s New

Tiny Dalí brings Nearly $5 million at Much-Anticipated Auction

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Two little Salvador Dalí gems – miniaturist oil paintings essentially out of circulation for some 80 years – sold for multiple-millions of dollars last evening at Sotheby’s auction house in London.   “Gradiva,” seen here, an oil on copper (8-1/8 in. x 6-1/8 in.), fetched a grand total…

Read More

Dalí Works Fanning the Flames of Spring Auction Fever!

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Put aside spring fever for now – let’s talk auction fever! I always get a bit of a rush (you, too?) when interesting Salvador Dalí works are about to go on the auction block. It again puts Dalí on the world stage. And it’s simply intriguing to see…

Read More

‘Seven Lively Arts’ a Fiery, Fantastic Chapter in Dalí’s Career

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Possibly the most intriguing project ever undertaken by Salvador Dalí – one with a twist no one saw coming – was when impresario, lyricist, and theater showman Billy Rose commissioned Dalí to create seven paintings for Rose’s “Seven Lively Arts” revue in 1944 at his Ziegfeld Theatre in…

Read More

Jasmine a Symbol of Purity, Beauty in Works by Salvador Dalí

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Sometimes tiny, seemingly insignificant details grow to become fascinating points of interest along the journey to discover more and more about Salvador Dalí and his incomparable creations.   With thoughts increasingly tipping toward spring, I want to focus today on the simple but elegant white flower, the jasmine….

Read More

Spring Very Much in Bloom in the Works of Salvador Dalí

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   It’s almost spring. When a man’s thoughts turn to…..Salvador Dalí, of course. And with spring nearly on the doorstep, let’s throw open the windows and look at some works by Dalí that, to a greater or lesser extent, exude at least some thoughts of spring.   I’m thinking…

Read More

Stolen Dalí Painting, ‘Mystical Carnation’, a Beautiful Enigma

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Call it the “un-Dalí.” But not the way the soft drink, 7-Up, was famously dubbed the “un-Cola.” Instead, I’m talking about a beautiful c.1950 painting by Salvador Dalí, titled “Mystical Carnation.” According to the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation in Spain, “Mystical Carnation” is an oil on unknown support; of unknown…

Read More

Dalí Dabbled in Sports — in a Manner of Speaking, Anyway!

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   In the shadow of America’s hysterically popular Super Bowl 52, let’s take a look at Dalí the athlete. Come again? OK, the man was many things; a sports figure he was not.   But Salvador Dalí’s life and work did include some sports references – yes, even to…

Read More