This paper will take a look at Salvador Dali’s painting, The Persistence of Memory, painted in 1931. As the viewer can tell, this is a story of time and life. The memories start in the background where all is well and things are straight and calm. Moving on to the cliff, the observer possibly sees a well-behaved teenager. There is nothing horrible here that leads the spectator to gasp, and the viewer knows this person made it through that time in their life. Then the picture moves on to the age of about twenty, the memories are fond but in the distant past. The memories are protected by a white blanket so that they do not just fall into the background. Then something happened where the person had some times in their life that had not been so great. They are there as a reminder, but they are part of a very dead place. The person’s being becomes full of life again as the clock on the shelf seems to be newer. The clock is placed on the shelf and the numbers are able to be read. This tells of a recent time, yet starting to decay by the fly being there. The pocket watch is there to let the observer know the story is not done; there are more wonderful memories on their way.
The first thing one notices when looking at this piece of work is the clock with the gold ring around it slightly off to the left. It is sitting on something that looks like a shelf. The reason the eyes are drawn to this particular clock first is the contrast in color, and it is the biggest clock in the painting however; it is not the only clock. With this particular clock with the gold ring is placed on a shelf painted in a tan color. In comparison to the other clocks, which are painted with silver rings around them, this clo...
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...bly calling out the all the good sayings about blue skies. As one is looking in the back of the picture, there is a shelf also telling the viewer that the person was put high above the bad things. The shelf kept the memories in that part of the life even.
I feel good about this painting because I think it depicts life so well. Most children like childhood and enjoy the pleasure of being taken care of. Many people struggle with the teen years, and in the case of this person, the memories were tough but not horrible. Moving on, I think we all have memories we are fond of, take care of, or try to hold on to. We also have some down times that we would rather not remember, but being part of us they are. Last but not least we all have memories that life holds for us that are yet to be discovered. They can be grand if we make the choices to make them colorful and decorated.
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