Analysis of the Painting, The Persistence of Memory, by Salvador Dali

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Analysis of the painting The Persistence of Memory *Source: http://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/1168-2
NP - The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali is an oil on canvas painting (the oil on canvas being the medium of the artwork) painted in surrealism style in 1931. The painting is a form of two dimensional art. All the colors on the canvas are opaque and the painting has a smooth texture. We can see on the beach Dali adds more value (he adds more black to the green) to the shaded part of the landscape, and more white to the grass where the sun would be shining. The same is applied for the cliff on the background, where the sun is shining the value of the color is much less than areas of the cliff that are not hit by
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As the sun typically sets in the west, this seems to imply that this painting takes place at dusk or sundown.
NP - I agree the colors in this are somewhat dull. Dali doesn’t use any bold, standout colors like red. Dali stuck to very earthy and neutral tones, the only “pop” of color would be the orange pocket watch that was covered in ants. Like you stated, he used a lot of browns, and blues, along with green hues. I believe the sun was setting because when you directly look at the painting, the sun is shining toward the east, meaning the sun was on the left. As we all know, the sun rises in the east and sets in the left, so this led to my belief that in the painting the sun was setting.
BQ - The Persistence of Memory seems to utilize more implied lines than any other kind of line in the painting. The animal looking thing that lies in the middle of the painting seems to have an outline of sort around it, but that is simply caused by its shadow. The shoreline, the horizon where the ocean meets the sky, the mountain top, the dead trees, and the watches are all created through the usage of implied lines.
NP - I agree with your explanation of implied lines, this work was definitely not linear. I also noticed that this work is not symmetrical, leaving the painting to be asymmetrical. Although the painting is surreal, it does have real-life qualities. I would say that the painting is

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