Persistence Of Memory Analysis

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The Persistence of Memory (1931) was made in 1931 by Salvador Dali, the artwork is 24 x 33 cm, oil on canvas painting, and now the artwork is in The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The style of the artwork is surrealistic. The subject matter is a barren landscape with melting clocks draped over unrelated objects, caricature of Dali’s face on the ground, plus a rocky headland with the sea in the background. The focal point of the artwork is the strange caricature of Dali’s profile, complete with eyelashes, tongue and nose. This is because it is so light amongst dark surrounding shadows on the ground. The artist used some surrealist techniques which are Metamorphosis, Rescaling of objects and out of context situations. Metamorphosis is a physical …show more content…
The artist then looked at one of his unfinished paintings. The painter “suddenly envisioned two soft watches”. Dali painted the two watches and “was very pleased with the result”. The Persistence of Memory depicts a scene showing pocket watches, detached from their chains, melting slowly on rocks and branches of a tree, with the ocean as a backdrop. A part of the painting basks in sunlight and a part is shrouded in a shadow. In the Persistence of Memory (1931). Dali wants to give us some message that he illustrates how useless, irrelevant, and arbitrary our normal concept of time is in the dream state. The artwork was made for social comment and his personal expression. During our daily lives, we're always rushed and busy, trying to get all our work done on time. The Surrealists laughed at most things middle-class society takes seriously, and that includes the importance we place on things like pocket watches that mark passage of time. This artwork evoking a mood. Dali created a mind-numbing concept piece of art. The mood is melancholy, due to the nature of the information. He was successful at creating his …show more content…
Especially those melting clocks, very good expression of the theme of this painting. It expresses the original intention of the painting and the perfect people to bring this feeling. The artwork is a very successful painting, because the Painting has become ingrained in pop culture. The Persistence of Memory has been referenced on television in The Simpsons, Futurama, Hey Arnold, Doctor Who and Sesame Street. Dali is a famous Spanish painter because of his surrealist works. Dali is an extraordinary talent and imagination of the artist, his works like the strange dream image, excellent painting techniques and the influence of Renaissance masters technique is surprisingly mixed together. Dali also has some famous work, such as Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach, it’s easy to see, on the top corner of this painting is dreamy scenery, the gulf and waves, the mountain and tunnel, which is shape like a dog. The dog is in the mid-air, the dog's body is composed of a fruit dish which has some pears in it. The fruit dish is on the top of a girl’s head, the girl's eyes is composed of some peculiar seashells. On the beach, it’s just like full of mysterious strange situation, just like in dreams. Dali's work makes people sigh: maybe this is the true charm of surrealist painting. And Dali's kind of contrast between the hallucinatory imagery and magical realism makes his paintings

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