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A Photographic Tour of Salvador Dalí at Work

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   I know that many of my fellow Salvador Dalí enthusiasts/aficionados/collectors/fans/scholars/historians – call us what you will – are as fascinated by Dalí the man as by Dalí the artist.   What we mean, of course, is that we love the Dalí persona: the antics, the surrealist happenings, the…

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Dalí Christmas Card Design Features 4 Double-Images

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Salvador Dalí did a variety of interesting greeting card designs for Hallmark, but for my money none was as lovely and painstakingly executed as the one here, though I don’t know if it has a title. No matter; what we can comfortably call it is quintessentially Dalínian by…

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Feeling of Ascension sets Dalí’s Depictions of Christ Apart

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   One of the hallmarks of Salvador Dalí’s art was his counter-culture vision: when, in art school, his drawing instructor had the class copy a particular statue, Dalí drew a pair of scales! That’s what he saw, he insisted.   How an artist “sees” is what makes him or…

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The Many Depictions of Christ, Salvador Dalí-Style

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Christians honor the real reason for the season – not that they don’t also lock a big holiday hug on jolly old Saint Nick – and this brings us to – of all people – Salvador Dalí.   Dalí’s religious art in general is legendary and impressive. And…

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DALI’S DELIGHTFUL DIVERSITY!

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   I’m continually dazzled by Dalí’s undying diversity. OK, shameless alliteration aside, it really is rather extraordinary to consider how truly diverse Salvador Dalí’s catalog was.   While Dalí was indefatigably a Surrealist, his work embraced so many different styles that it’s little wonder he was so inscrutable to categorize.   Take,…

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Dalí’s Portrait of Poet Remains his Highest Auction Price

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   In the Dalí world, we’re still waiting for “the big one.” No, not a California earthquake (God willing, that will never happen), but a blockbuster auction sale of a Dalí painting. A sale that eclipses even heavy-hitters like Picasso and Warhol and Van Gogh.   The kind that…

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Dalí’s Technique: ‘Not a Single Mislaid Stroke’

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   We know quite a bit about what Dalí painted, but not so much about how he painted. So I was pleased to recently come across information provided by the Tate Museum in London about its 1936 painting, Forgotten Horizon, and how master Dalí painted it.     The work…

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Salvador Dalí: ‘A Genius with a Lot of Energy!’

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Sometimes it seems as if the world couldn’t quite turn on its axis without the influence of Salvador Dalí shining its bright light….somewhere.   Recently, that light made for a most illuminating talk at the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Its collection – donated by the…

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Dalí ‘Covered’ the Music Industry in Surrealist Style

By Paul Chimera Salvador Dalí Historian   Salvador Dalí claimed he was not much of a music appreciator. He insisted that music was immensely inferior to art – painting, more precisely – and that the eye clearly triumphed over the ear.   And yet Dalí was a master of contradiction. He would hum and whistle…

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