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The Surrealistic Clocks

Maya De Oliveira, Grade 10

Artist Salvador Dali was born on May 11, 1904 in Figueres, Spain, to Felipa Domènech Ferrés, his mother, and Salvador Dalí Cusí, his father. From a young age, Salvador was passionate about art, and was encouraged by his mother and father to develop his art skills. In 1910, Salvador was enrolled at Hispano-French School of the Immaculate Conception in Figueres, Spain from age six, to most of his adolescence. During his time there, Salvador learned to speak French, and had the opportunity of advancing his artistic abilities by painting landscapes.

Art by Salvador Dalí on Reproduction Gallery

Later in Salvador’s life, he traveled around the world and attended many art schools where he discovered his love for surrealistic art. When you look at this painting, what do you feel? Is it confusion, or nostalgia? If so, those would be appropriate reactions since Salvador’s artwork is recognized for its distortion and uniqueness. In order to create his pieces, Salvador created a method where he would access his subconscious and paint out the hallucinations that he saw and experienced; this is called the ​​paranoiac-critical method. The paranoiac-critical method had a great impact on Salvador’s art pieces since they appear very familiar and dream-like.

The ‘Persistence of Memory’ artwork is Dalí’s most famous painting, and is a quite complex piece of work. Although there is no official meaning behind this specific piece, there have been many theories of the message he was trying to convey. One of them being that the “'soft watches' represent what he called the 'camembert of time', suggesting that the concept of time had lost all meaning in the unconscious world” (DaliPaintings). From this, one can infer how much Salvador was connected to his spirituality, and how that deeply influenced his art.

From 1904 until 1989, Salvador deeply impacted the art industry, and greatly influenced many artists around the world. His individual and distinctive paintings will, and continue to be recognized and remembered. As art may be portrayed and interpreted in various ways, we see how representation and expression is boundless.

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