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Photo Realism Informs Dalí’s Portrait of His Wife

By Paul Chimera Dalí Writer & Historian   Salvador Dalí described his technique as “hand-painted color photography.” It may be difficult to find a Dalí painting that fits that description better than “Portrait of Gala With Rhinocerotic Attributes” of 1954.   The work, in the Teatru-Museu Dalí in Figueres, Spain, depicts a 60-year-old Gala in…

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‘Philosopher Illuminated…’ May be Dalí’s Darkest Painting

By Paul Chimera Dalí Writer & Historian   While we can always admire any Salvador Dalí painting for its imaginative nature and impressive technique, sometimes the meaning of his works leave us with more questions than answers. For this blogger, that’s certainly the case with Dalí’s 1939 oil on canvas, “Philosopher Illuminated by the Light…

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Dalí’s ‘My Wife Nude…’ Ingeniously Links Classic and Modern

By Paul Chimera Dalí Writer & Historian   Some Salvador Dalí paintings just seem to embody everything about the man’s genius: his inimitable ideas, his Renaissance-like technical skill, his vision and innovation, and his unique success in seamlessly melding classicism and modernism.   Such is the case in the stunning “My Wife Nude Contemplating Her…

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Dalí’s ‘Skull of Zurbaran’ Just Might be Perfect!

By Paul Chimera Dalí Writer & Historian   Ever notice how certain Salvador Dalí works just give you a good feeling? I suppose it’s usually when the work is “pretty,” like “Meditative Rose.” Or amusing, like “Celestial Ride” – both discussed in earlier posts here.   For reasons largely unexplainable, I’m compulsively drawn to Dalí’s…

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Dalí’s ‘Naughtiest’ Painting formerly Owned by Hugh Hefner!

By Paul Chimera Dalí Writer & Historian   It sure is fitting that, until it was sold at auction some years back for upwards of $2 million, “Young Virgin Autosodomized by Her Own Chastity” (1954) was one of the long-time prized possessions of Playboy impresario Hugh Hefner. Who better to proudly display what is arguably…

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Salvador Dalí’s ‘White Calm’ an Early Gem of Realism

By Paul Chimera Dalí Writer/Historian   I’m not sure you can point to any other major artist whose catalog was as diverse and, at times, as unpredictable as that of Salvador Dalí’s. The man famous – and infamous – for transcribing nightmarish images to canvas was the same man who captured some of the most…

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‘The Soft Watch’ Forever a Symbol of Salvador Dalí!

By Paul Chimera Dalí Writer & Historian   It’s high time we returned in this blog to Salvador Dalí’s signature image – the soft, melting watch. But this time the floppy watches first seen and best known in Dalí’s 1931 “Persistence of Memory” are now giving way to a new altered state in “La Montre Molle…

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