Salvador Dalí. The Persistence of Memory. 1931

Salvador Dalí The Persistence of Memory 1931

  • Not on view

Dalí rendered his fantastic visions with meticulous verisimilitude, giving the representations of dreams a tangible and credible appearance. In what he called "hand painted dream photographs," hard objects become inexplicably limp, time bends, and metal attracts ants like rotting flesh. The monstrous creature draped across the painting's center resembles the artist's own face in profile; its long eyelashes seem insectlike or even sexual, as does what may or may not be a tongue oozing from its nose like a fat snail.

Gallery label from 2015
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
9 1/2 x 13" (24.1 x 33 cm)
Credit
Given anonymously
Object number
162.1934
Copyright
© 2018 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture