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Persistence of Memory Analyzation

Persistence of Memory Analyzation - Kenny Voelker English...

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Kenny Voelker English 101 Paper 1 Final Draft Dali, Death, Decay and Disfigurement In 1931, Surrealist artist Salvador Dali created a painting that would, in the eyes of many, surmount any of his past or future works. Dali’s masterpiece, The Persistence of Memory , is as famous a painting one will see. It was a staple of twentieth century pop culture, being featured in many cartoons and movies among other forms of media. At the forefront of Dali’s painting are four watches or clocks. However, these clocks are unlike the ones seen adorning rooms and hallways all across the globe. Dali’s clocks have the look of a piece cheese after it’s been heated, or left out in the sun on a hot summer day. Because of the paintings originality, it is easy to see why this painting has garnered as much attention as it has. In reality though, the paintings originality is just the skin of painting; while the underlying ominous truths, about time and death and their saddening grasp on life, that are brought forth with each depiction of a clock, the universal symbol of time, is the back bone of Dali’s masterpiece, The Persistence of Memory . With the use of one of his disfigured clocks and a disfigured face, Dali reasserts a fact of life that is perhaps the most haunting; the fact that all of us will die someday. In the center of the painting lies a face with a clock draping over it. This is no ordinary face though; it is as if this face underwent some kind of abstract transformation.
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