Salvador Dali's work "The Persistence of Memory".

Essay by salamandaJunior High, 7th gradeA+, June 2003

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Salvador Dali's painting "The Persistence of Memory" has the concept of melting clocks, which appeals to me, because it gives you the sense that time is just passing away or time is melting. The fact that clocks don't melt makes this painting surreal.

This painting is a typical Dali work in that he repeats his images often and the melting clocks was a favourite of his. It is also recognizable as a Dali because of the long perspective in the landscape.

It is an uninhabited beach scene as in there is not an obvious image of a person in this work, but, if you rotate the image 90 degrees to the left you will notice a hidden self portrait in profile.

The colours used in this work range from cobalt blue in the sky, the clock faces and the sea to a scale of orange, dark to light in the cliff faces near the ocean, to the stop watch covered in ants.

There is also a luminous affect with the golden yellow cliffs.

On the left of the painting there is a large block coming from the side of the work, also just above the block is a cobalt blue slab of wood perhaps hovering in mid air.

The warm and cool balance of the colours carries your eyes through the work.