The Persistence of Memory

The painting, made in 1931, can be seen in the Museum of Modern Art. The painting questions time and space and the “cosmic order” of the universe. Although Dali contradicts this saying that the clocks were not inspired by relativity but rather “The surrealist perception of camembert cheese melting in the sun.” The painting features 3 melting white clocks and an orange clock covered in ants (similar to the movie and a symbol for death) THe figure on the ground resembles a dream state in which the dreamer cannot pinpoint what the object is but they know that it is there.


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