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What does the persistence of memory mean?

12 Julio, 2017  —  By

the persistence of memory Salvador Dali

Gala and Salvador Dalí ate in the garden of their house

It was a warm afternoon and they planned to go to the movies when they finished eating

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However, Dalí suffered a severe headache and decided to stay

The afternoon advanced in loneliness for the artist, when he noticed how Camemberg cheese began to melt on the plate

The cheese stretched along the plate until it reached its edge

That vision gave him the idea he was looking for, about the painting he was painting that would end up being The Persistence of Memory. (MoMA) Museum of Modern Art, New York. In a few hours he would finish his work, already had in his imagination the clocks melting.

Soft clocks come in different states of transformation

Clocks, time, can be fused. To stretch. Dalí had been impressed by Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

Time is bent by gravity.

Some critics have pointed out that Persistence of memory is a metaphor for death.

The unknown creature on which a clock melts, is a caricature of Dalí. In the ‘Great Masturbator’ (1929), a similar drawing is seen

The landscape that we see in the background, that great cliff, belongs to Port Lligat

Dalí felt aversion towards the ants, which in this painting appear on the clock on the left.

The ants for Salvador Dalí were synonymous with putrefaction