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Big or Small, Dalí Did it All!

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Size matters. I’ve always thought it important that, when a painting, print, drawing, watercolor, or sculpture by Salvador Dalí is reproduced in books and catalogs, the dimensions of the work should be noted. A sense of scale should be conveyed. This isn’t done often enough. And I think…

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Dalí’s ‘Telephone’ Paintings Expressed his Fear of War

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   A European friend of mine who’s almost obsessive about posting photographs on Facebook that pertain to Cadaques, Spain, recently posted this photo of a plate of grilled sardines.   While anything served to me with a face turns my stomach, the fish in a dish immediately called to mind…

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Salvador Dalí: An Honest Day’s Work!

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   I’m in the mood to show a side of Salvador Dalí best told through photographs. Today I want to talk briefly about how Dalí worked. And rather than showcasing his works themselves, most of the photos punctuating today’s post show Dalí at work.   I had the momentary…

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The Vatican Boasts a ‘Trinity’ of Salvador Dalí Paintings

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   I’m not sure very many people – even card-carrying Dalí aficionados – are aware that the Vatican in Rome has a Salvador Dalí painting in its permanent art collection. Actually, it owns a trinity of Dalí’s, each with varying degrees of religious imagery.   While much of Dalí’s…

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Box of Pencils Inspired Salvador Dalí Masterpiece

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   What inspired Dalí?   Answer: all kinds of things. Anything. EVERYTHING!   The man possessed limitless curiosity. He could get excitedly creative over things you or I wouldn’t have given even a fleeting thought to. Or over something monumental, to which he would lend a special twist, making…

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Dalí Never Lost Sight of the Masters who Helped make Him Great!

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   For the real Dalí enthusiast, it’s always enlightening to discover new things about the artist, how he worked, what inspired him.   I think I’ve found an influence that is not commonly cited for comparison when it comes to Salvador Dalí’s first Nuclear-Mystical masterwork – the large and…

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