Critical Thinking

Salvador Memory or known as La Persistencia De

Salvador Dali was one of the most famous Spanish born artist of his time. He joined the surrealist movement in 1929. This movement captured the creative arts of the unconscious mind through hallucinations. This technique uncovered the thoughts that consealed away. He wanted to “take a play on reality”(Khan Academy). This was his way of proking some thought from all the people who are living in this society. He wanted to commence a social change about time, memories, and life. In May of 1931 an artist from Figueres, Spain made a lasting impression in the art realm. Salvador Dali, known for his ” eccentric behavior” and was only 28 years old when he painted The Persistence of Memory(Thomas). He was also a designer, graphic artist, and sculptor. Dali was a while traveling and studying at San Fernando Academy of Art in Madrid. Salvador was also most influenced by Diego Velazquez, another surreal artist in his time. Even though Dali was an only child, and his father was strict, both of his parents supported his love of art for good reason. The Persistence of Memory or known as La Persistencia De La Memoria in Spanish was composed in 1931. This 9.5 by 13 inches oil on canvas painting, is now displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA). It has made a bigger impact on people than the space it took up. The painting shows the “melting of clocks in an unfamiliar place”(Art Story). He wanted to show the clocks welting and depleting in power as time goes on. The water of Catalonia is reflective and still. Which shows not everything is changing. He uses techniques like hard from the clocks and soft of the landscape to give a contrast, and exemplify the importance of the message he was trying to tell. These two different perspectives shed light on Dalí’s interpretation to “flip reality lending to his subjects characteristics opposite their usually inherent properties”(The Art Story). He shows the clocks welting as a person would as time goes on. He ultimately verses the roles of people and the clocks. Dali also made the decision to make it in the shadows showing the melancholy tone of what he is trying to persuade of life and how people miserable. While implying a sarcastic tone of how memory and time is anything but persistent. He also uses dark and dull colors to prove that time is constantly passing. Day by day, moment by moment, people feels as if everything is moving around them. Like in the bottom left corner of the painting, there is a group of ants that are eating away at the clock, which showing nothing is forever. However in the back of the water, the colors are little brighter, reflecting what he thinks about life and how he is optimistic. He tries to show people how he sees life and how others view life. He took everyday objects and put them in a unique and unfamiliar place. The painting shows that we are scared of time and therefore aren’t using it to our entire benefit. We let time and memories dictate our life. Time keeps going and nobody can do anything about it like people say “time and tide wait for none.” Dali wants the people to know that time and memories are not constant instead we are. Salvador Dali painted The Persistence of Memory to make people ponder on how time and memories are melting away and not everything may be how it seems.

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