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The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí created the well-known piece known as The Persistence of Memory, with its melting pocket watches, in 1931. It is one of the most recognizable works of surrealism and is widely recognized and frequently referred to in popular culture.

Attempting to make any sense of this work would be of little use. The Persistence of Memory is pure surrealism, as it features familiar objects painted in unfamiliar ways. Dalí wrote in his book Conquest of the Irrational about this: 

"My whole ambition in the pictorial domain is to materialize the images of my concrete irrationality with the most imperialist fury of precision." 

There was an opinion that The Persistence of Memory was an attempt to incorporate an understanding of the world introduced by Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity into art. However, Dalí, in his characteristic manner, denied such claims and stated that the soft watches were inspired by the surrealist perception of a Camembert melting in the sun.

Despite its mostly irrational subject, you can find one realistically portrayed object in this painting. The craggy rocks to the right are a depiction of the tip of the Cap de Creus peninsula in northeastern Catalonia. Many of Dalí's paintings were inspired by the landscapes he saw during his life in Catalonia. 

There is a later version of this famous painting. Dali returned to the topic of melting clocks in 1954 with his oil-on-canvas The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory. Salvador Dalí was inspired to create this painting by the development of atomic physics.

The Persistence of Memory is currently owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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