File-The Persistence of Memory

The Persistence of Memory is a 1931 oil painting by Salvador Dali, and the work he is probably best-known for. It is a good example of early surrealism. It was formerly named Melting Clocks.

Symbolism and MeaningEdit

The painting features a dreamlike setting typical in Dalí's work. He used personal symbols in order to communicate how time destroys memory. Some of these symbols include:

  • Ants - symbolize death and decay
  • Clocks - time and memory

The tan figure in the foreground is Dali's reperesentation of himself.

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