The Persistence of Memory (1931) by Salvador Dali

The Persistence of Memory - DALI, Salvador - 1931 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleThe Persistence of Memory
ArtistSalvador Dali
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions24.1 x 33 cm
Art MovementSurrealism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US
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About The Persistence of Memory

Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory” is a legendary painting in the art world. Introduced in 1931, it is one of the renowned artworks from the Surrealism movement. The painting illustrates melting clock imagery that fiercely criticizes chronometric time’s rigidity. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City currently houses this masterpiece.

When painting “The Persistence of Memory,” Dali used his “paranoiac-critical method,” which focuses on accessing and interpreting abstract thoughts and ideas differently. Therefore, the image blurs reality with fantasy by contrasting realistic objects and images immersed in a dream-like state with distorted proportions.

Though there are several interpretive opinions about the meaning behind the artwork, experts officially suggest focusing more on Surrealism’s influence on art rather than its symbolism. However, most people believe that melting clocks signify how time melts away like memories or stresses existing beyond logical realities become insignificant when perceived through a dream-like lens.

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