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Salvador Dali Clock Disintegration of The Persistence of Memory (1952-54)

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About Salvador Dali Clock Disintegration of The Persistence of Memory (1952-54)

This Dali Museum Salvador Dali Clock Disintegration features the Spaniard Surrealist Artist's workThe Disintegration of The Persistence of Memory. Dalí's work The Disintegration of The Persistence of Memory made in 1952-54 is a response to his earlier work The Persistence of Memory made in 1931 while still part of the Surrealist Movement. Salvador Dalí made Disintegration of The Persistence of Memory during the time when he was living in the United States right after World War II which included the events of the Pearl Harbor attack and the atomic bombings in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Disintegration of The Persistence of Memory represents a reflection upon the fear of destruction during the Nuclear Age. The cubic-fractioning of elements in the artwork is suggestive of atoms. The olive tree in the artwork which represents Peace is also torn as the result of some missile-like shapes. Dalí's notorious iconography of the melted clock, present in his previous 1931 work The Persistence of Memory, also serves to represent the imminent threat of the destruction brought by the Atomic of everything both material and immaterial in our reality, including Peace and Time. Scholars also suggest that the artwork can also be suggestive of a statement with regards to Dalí's separation from the Surrealist Movement in the latter years of his artistic career.

  • Dimensions: 3.5" x 3.5" x 2.5" inches
  • Weight: 2 lbs (est)
  • Material: Plastic, Functional Clock.
  • Original Artwork: Salvador, Dalí. The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory. 1952-54. Oil on canvas. 25.4 × 33 cm. The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL.
  • © The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL.
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The artist who above all others symbolizes Surrealism in the public imagination is the Spaniard, Salvador Dalí. His genius for publicity brought the word “Surrealism” to the level of a common noun in all languages. Not only Dali's art denotes that is irrational and erotic, but also mad–and fashionable. All at once, his paintings, his writings, his utterances, his actions, his appearance, and his iconic mustache celebrate his eccentricity. The Surrealists’ exploration of the human psyche and dreams reached new heights in Dalí’s extravagant works. In his paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and designs for furniture and movies, Dalí probed a deeply erotic dimension. While studying the writings of von Krafft-Ebing and Freud, he invented what he called the “paranoiac-critical method” to assist his creative process.</p> Dalí’s surrealist works are characterized by their haunting allegorical empty space where even time has ended. An eerie, never-setting sun usually illuminates the barren landscapes, with often amorphous and imaginary creatures in the foreground. Dalí rendered every detail of this dreamscape with precise control, striving to make the world of his paintings convincingly real–in his words, to make the irrational concrete.


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