Salvador Dali is best known for his painting “The Persistence of Memory”. It is the enigmatic artwork depicting melting clocks. Dali is one of the more famous modern painters known for his surrealistic pieces. He started his career as a draftsman and was noticed because of his unique and odd surrealist pieces. He takes great influence from the Renaissance style of paintings. The Persistence of Memory has an obvious touch of the Renaissance era which he completed in 1931. This work is an oil painting in canvas and is now housed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Born in Catalonia, Spain, Dali has immersed himself in various art forms including photography, film and sculpting. He has worked with a number of media arts experts in various fields and collaborated to bring to life various works of arts in different departments.
There is great symbolism and deep meanings in Dali’s paintings. For example, in his most popular work, The Persistence of Memory, he is actually defying Einstein’s principle of time and stating that time is not fixed and that time is relative. The function of the clock is somehow a symbolic imagery in his art work.
Sculpting is another hobby and skill that Dali is known for; he is also exceptional in this department. He made the Lobster Telephone in 1936 and Mae West Lips Sofa in 1937. These works are commission by Edward James, who is also a surrealist artist of his time. The sculpture depicts sex themes. These art pieces are now housed in the German Telephone Museum and in the National Gallery of Australia.
Dali is one of the more versatile 20th century artists and has hopped into various forms of art to express his creativity and voice. His paintings are greatly influenced by Pablo Picasso, a fellow Spanish artists, and Joan Miro. There is a lot of classical and renaissance touch in most of his works. He would also insert religious symbolism in his masterpieces. For example, the images of eggs are apparent and consistent in all his arts, which is said to be a symbolism of conception signifying hope and love. Aside from painting and sculpture, he also dived into printmaking, writing, fashion and filmmaking. Some of his projects include collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock and Luis Bunuel.
There are a number of art critics who took awe in Dali’s works and interpret and analyze his paintings. One theory concludes that Dali’s work is an attempt in capturing his dream and even hallucinations into solid imagery. This is evident in the omnipresent images that his painting depicts in the effort of drawing something intangible such as time.
There are also a lot of dark themes that are regarded in Dali’s art pieces these includes motifs of death and eroticism. Psychoanalytical elements can also be found in his works. One can also find some personal history in his pieces that depicts his childhood and deep memories. There is also a mix of fetish and religious imagery in most of his paintings.