Presentation on theme: "The Persistence of Memory Dali and Surrealism. What do you see? Your first reaction. What elements, Principles, Exaggeration, distortion, Metamorphosis?"— Presentation transcript:
1914 marked the beginning of Surrealism with De Chirico. The below painting is Mystery and Melancholy of a Street.
1924-25 artists such as Miro, is an example of a style of drawing that was unique to surrealists called automatic drawing. This meant that the artist would basically try to draw without planning but it was later discovered that Miro did plan his works. This painting is titled Harlequin’s Carnival.
In 1931, Dali painted this painting, The persistence of memory.
Possibly the most famous of all surrealist works is the below painting by Dali, it is a small painting that many people call simply the melting watches. The painting is approximately 9 x 13 inches and has an enormous amount of detail. The painting shows a bleak, arid, decayed landscape populated by odd creatures which some say is the artist. The watches are said to represent time not only stopping but melting away. Perhaps in this work Dali’s fantasy, his dream, is to triumph once and for all over time.
What is the evidence of the analysis of Dali’s painting?
Melting Clock: The distortion is suppose to create something unfamiliar and that time has melted away. Insects: For Dali, insects were associated with decay. Olive Tree: It is a dead olive tree it is suppose to stress the dreamlike and desolate character of the landscape. Traditionally the olive tree is a symbol of peace, and plenty.