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Dalí Celebrates Peace & Freedom: Let’s Hope for a Great 2018

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   It’s safe to say the one hope for fast-approaching 2018 that everyone would surely wish for is that peace and freedom may be as ubiquitous around our world as soft watches and tall crutches were around Dalí’s surrealist world.   In homage to such a glorious goal, I…

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Dalí’s ‘Trinity’ Especially Meaningful this Time of Year

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Given the real reason for the season, let’s today look at Salvador Dalí’s wonderful – and unusual – “The Trinity,” which was an oil study for “The Ecumenical Council,” both works created in 1960.   “The Trinity,” while a preparatory study for the much, much larger “Ecumenical Council,”…

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Dalí in 3-D!

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   We generally don’t think of Salvador Dalí as a sculptor or a creator of assemblages. Instead, Dalí was a painter. A print maker. A watercolorist. A writer and performance artist. But sculpture or other three-dimensional objet d’ art aren’t readily identified with the art of Dalí.   Contrasting…

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Dalí Never Drove, But He Got Around in Style!

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Very shortly, a larger-than-life character-hero traverses the globe in a rather unlikely vehicle – a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer. Salvador Dalí – our own brand of character-hero – never got a driver’s license. But he managed to get around in a variety of conveyances – including one of…

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Dalí’s Spectacular Portraiture Continues to Fascinate!

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   I think I know why Salvador Dalí’s portrait work is so intriguing: it gives us an opportunity to see the way Dalí saw when his vantage point was not through the lens of his paranoiac-critical vision. In other words, his imagination – for the most part – did not play…

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Fundacio’s Dalí Catalog Raisonne Features Rarely Seen Portraits & More

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   What an adrenaline rush to discover works by Salvador Dalí you’ve never seen before! It’s like encountering this master painter for the first time. Or like a wide-eyed child opening a present under the Christmas tree and going flailing-arms-bonkers over what’s inside.   Thanks to the Fundacio Gala-Salvador…

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Is This Salvador Dalí’s Earliest Surrealist Painting?

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   It seems that, depending on with whom you talk, a painting that is reportedly the earliest known surrealist work by Salvador Dalí may be the real deal or subject to further research.   The news hit in 2014, when a collector came forward to reveal an oil painting he’d…

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Photography Played a Starring Role in Dalí’s Life and Work

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Photography played a major role in the most photographed international artist ever: Salvador Dalí. Indeed, photographers for decades loved focusing their lenses on the artist, because his colorful and legendary antics – together with his facial expressions, facial hair, and fanatical poses – all made for amusing and…

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Jolly Dalí Found Special Inspiration in Holiday Magic!

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Thanksgiving in America is over, so next up are Christmas and Hanukkah – and Salvador Dalí’s creativity most definitely did not take leave for the holidays. In fact, his gift of artistic genius seems to have shone in a magical way, as seen in a number of his Christmas-themed works….

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