The Persistence of Memory Essay

921 Words Apr 17th, 2012 4 Pages
Alyssa Hankins
Art 1300 Section 001
The Persistence of Memory

Spain, 1931, Salvador Dali creates an abstract oil on canvas portrayal or the knowledge that is gained through ones dreams, visions, and intuition. The Persistence of Memory, 1931 portrays an abstract view of time and visions that Dali envisioned. Perhaps, his most famous work was The Persistence of Memory, which he painted in his younger years in the 30s. The Persistence of Memory, 1931, elevates the influence of the subconscious mind through fantasy like images, color, composition, and thought provoking images.
Dali uses abstract images to represent a balance of altered views, conveying what is reality and what is from the mind's eye. Note the mysterious rugged
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Dali does this specifically to construct an optical connection with the raised dead tree trunk form and cool ground. Resting towards the bottommost left is an animated auburn time piece infested with insects. This object stands out due to the livelier use of color. Though standing out, the auburn time piece still maintains a sense of balance as a directed result of the yellowish form of rocks in the upper right corner. While Dali’s use of color in this artwork may be of no significance to the “meaning” of the work, the contrast within the landscape and surrounding objects interact significantly, creating a visual experience that words do not justify.
The use of composition in this work is immense due to the imaginative material used to demonstrate the ideas behind the work. One thing that stands out particularly is a sloping route of shadowing that flows amid the rocks and the forefront; perhaps to distinguish the line between surreal and real cognitions. Dali practices duplication and coherence by painting the clocks favoring each other and also in relevant proximity in hopes of pulling the piece of art together. Throughout the entire image projection, each object serves as a gateway directly to the proceeding image, creating an experience of multiple thought provoking images synonymously. Another example of this lead from image to the next is found near the rocks. These stones guide the observer

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