♣ No. I ~ The Persistence of Memory

So, I had already written and posted the analysis of this painting on another Co-Op blog between me and one of my online friends, Nasim Łuczaj, who happens to be the author of one of the blogs linked in my Blogroll (Earth Called Earth). Though, we decided to shut down the old blog because we neglected it for quite some time, and because we thought a fresh start would be awesome for both of us.

Anyway, I kinda feel fhdjshd-ful right now, because I spent this whole afternoon just trying to search for a widget that allows me to reveal the identity of the 129 followers. Unfortunately, the only thing close to a widget is a plugin, which is only available for WordPress.org – this sucks, I know. *bashes her head against the keyboard*


Okay, moving on. Painting of the Week. Yay. *crowds cheering in the background*

I’m really into Surrealism. Always have, always will be. And for those of you who are too, you’ll obviously be familiar with one of the best Surrealists of all time. Yes, people, I’m talking about the one, the only… *pause for effect* Salvador Dali with the pointy mustache.

Salvador Dali
Photographed by Carl Vechten on November 29, 1939

Salvador Halo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech was born on May 11, 1904 in Figueres, Catalonia. He was of Spanish nationality. He received his training in San Fernando School of Fine Arts, Madrid. He explored more than one field, such as drawing, painting, photography, filming, writing, and even sculpturing. Dali was certainly a significant member and took part in the Cubism, Surrealism, and Dada movements.

The painting I’d like to talk about, and “analyze” today, is his famous painting, The Persistence of Memory [1931].

 So, a lot of you may look at this painting and have one of those wtf-srsly moments. Yes, people, this painting hides some psychological and philosophical meanings, obviously. You just need to take a closer look and observe the painting with your eyes and mind equally. If you can’t do that, then you better walk away (or just scroll down and continue reading this post…)

According to what I’ve rad before about this painting, it seems that it was influenced by Dali’s childhood experience in his hometown in Spain – in Port Lligat, to be specific. It’s where Dali was born and raised as a child. There are some elements that reflect this influence, like the rocky landscape and the beach.

Now, the melting clocks, which are what Salvador Dali was well-known for, are clearly the strange elements that stand out in the painting. What’s special about these clocks is that they remind me of pizza, or melting cheese, perhaps(?) oh, and they also represent time. By this, Dali meant to show that time is a flexible “element” that can be easily twisted… like melting cheese, heh. God, someone should really stop me from making jokes like that.

Dali had also mentioned that time is like cheese with multiple holes. It’s speculated that time is unreliable—that memory, according to him, can be deceiving.

Now, notice how, in the bottom-left corner of the painting, there seems to be a melting clock that’s getting attacked by a bunch of ants, as though they’re eating it. This shows that time is being taken away, or “consumed”, if I may say.

Also, decay and death are obviously symbolized by the dead tree and the decomposing sea monster.

The last element I’m going to talk about is the shade. The brightness and darkness in the painting. If you observe the shades keenly in the painting, you’ll see that part of it is covered by light, while some parts seem darker. I don’t think that many of you people have noticed, but, if you look closely, you’ll find that there are two similar [small] rocks. One is located on the side of the tree (behind it, if the location is specified according to the painting’s dimensions), and the other one’s directly below the rock hill on the right side of the painting.

yes, they’re identical rocks, but, they also differ. One of them is well-lit (the one under the rocky hill), while the other is hidden in the darkness. Some say this rock represents our memory, accuracy-wise—we’re very accurate when it comes to memorizing irrelevant and not very significant details.

But hey, what did Dali say about his painting? Mm?

Well, in answer to that, some people thought Salvador Dali used to either say nothing, misinterpret, or give incorrect meanings of his paintings just to confuse critics and painting-fanatics. It was thought to be Dali’s way of encouraging those fans – his followers included, of course – to propose and think about different meanings that may lie behind his artwork. This is actually a very good way to see how each person views and interprets things.

So, hope you didn’t get bored to death by the post. I just love to rant. Sue me. :3


~ by Núr on July 7, 2012.

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