Salvador Dali

Hi everyone! Last week I was watching Midnight In Paris for the first time, and it’s a great combination of 20th century writers and artists (totally recommend!). It was great how the actors created this real sense of personality through Hemingway, Cezanne, Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Scott Fitzgerald, and so much. One of the artists represented in the movie was Salvador Dali, and this week I wanted to discuss him!

Salvador Dali was a Spanish surrealist painter throughout the 20th century. The surrealist movement began in 1917, and the artists in the movement represented objects, scenes, and ideas in irrational and unique ways. Essentially, it messed with regular perspective and perception. Throughout his life, Dali received many honors for his amazing artwork. He was admitted into the Order of Isabella the Catholic, the Order of Charles III, the Legion of Honour, and so much more. These were all very distinguished and high honors to receive.

To begin with, one of his most well-known artwork is The Persistence of Memory created in 1931.

The Persistence of Memory, 1931
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Here we are surrounded by, what some may call, melting or disfigured clocks. This clocks could be a representation of time that is passing by. This painting could be representing time that passes by when someone is sleeping, but it could also be representing time that passes by when we day-dream or think about past events/memories.

In the middle of the painting, there is an odd shape with a clock on it. Although it does not look like a human, it is possible that this is a disfigured representation of Dali.

The next example is called The Ghost of Vermeer of Delft Which Can be Used as a Table created in 1934.

The Ghost of Vermeer of Delft Which Can be Used as a Table, 1934.
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Dali was inspired by and enjoyed works of art by Johannes Vermeer, the Dutch Baroque painter. For this painting, he was inspired by Vermeer’s The Art of Painting. Dali used  Vermeer’s representation of his self-portrait in The Art of Painting, and Dali created him as a table. Even though this painting can seem a little odd, it’s definitely an appreciation of Vermeer and an original piece of work that Dali created.

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