The Persistence if Memory
Artist: Salvador Dali
Location: Museum of Modern Art
1931 oil on canvas
The Persistence of Memory was painted during the surrealism period in art history but even in a time of confusing and obscured meanings, this painting baffled all those who saw it. It disregards most of the accepted elements of good design and yet is probably the star of the Museum of Modern Art, right after Van Gogh’s Starry Night. At an attempt to interpret the hidden meaning behind this work, art historians find it has to do more with time than memory. Evidence shows that Dali had the same beliefs as the philosopher Berkson who believed that time was not just something you read from a clock, but a unit of time that was subjective and could change based on the experiences we are living. The melting of the clocks represent their insignificance in the reality of time and that creating clocks to tell the time is a futile attempt to try and label something to form some kind of understanding. *Follow for more art history facts!
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