Persistence Of Memory Analysis

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The Persistence of Memory, 1931, is a surreal landscape created by the famous Spanish artist, Salvador Dali (1901-1989). This oil painting has been made on canvas with a size 24.1cm by 33 cm. The artist presents The Persistence of Memory with figures within a landscape sitting on the picture plane. When observing at The Persistence Of Memory, it can be seen that its color palette is mainly dominated by earth colors as it features many shades of brown.

As Andre Breton states, “Surrealism…is a way of thinking, a way of transforming existence.” Surrealism is an artistic movement in which young artists wanted to “push the accepted ideas of reality” and present an image from un-normal worlds such as dreams, fantasies and held back feelings and free their minds from logical sense. The term ‘surreal’ or ‘surrealism’ was first openly used by the French critique Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-918) in a play titled ‘Les Mamellaes De Tirèscias’ and a ballet titles ‘Parade’. The term is also later used in the journal ‘Litterature’, which is written by the French writer and poet, André Breton (1896-1966). To discuss the philosophy of surrealism, surrealist (mainly in Paris) would regularly meet at cafés as apposed to a regular art school. The topics discussed include the art of ‘Laurtréamont’ and ‘Rimaid’. They discussed the irrational, the importance of the irrational, the accidental all in which lead to the first manifesto of the surrealist movement titled ‘Le Manifeste du Surréalisme’

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