Let’s look at The Persistence of Memory, a famous painting by the Spaniard Salvador Dali. It is an oil painting that was made in 1931. The painting’s permanent home is in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, USA. The painting shows watches that look soft and are melting. There are many ants on the orange painting and a monster-like figure in the middle of the painting. Some of Dali’s paintings, like this one, depict a dream-like state where common objects appear in an unusual state, like the melting watches. The melting watches have a few meanings. One of them is that in a dream there is no sense of time, and another is that time is not important. The monster-like figure is supposed to be a stretch of Dalí’s face in profile. This painting looks unreal, but there is a hint of reality that shows up in the back of the painting with the cliffs. This style of art that combined reality with dreams came to be known as surrealism.
Dali was born in Figueres, Spain in 1904. He was an artist who dabbled in different media (oils, watercolors, films, photographs, sculptures, jewels), and created all forms of images from very real to completely unreal. Amongst many things, he is famous for his upturned pointy mustache that he grew. Dali died at the age of 84.
Here is a video about the Persistence of Memory.
Did you know?
After a few years of investigation, on September 9, the Van Gogh Museum announced that a painting called “Sunset at Montmajour” was the work of the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh.
Image Credits: http://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/1168-2 for Persistence of Memory’s image
Sources: http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl and http://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/1168-2