The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dalí

Artwork
Identifier:
2000.085.1
Artist:
Museum of Modern Art
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Poster
Date:
1984
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 27 in Width: 24 in
Description:
Poster of "The Persistence of Memory" by Salvador Dali.
Historical Context:
"La Persistencia de la Memoria" (1931), or "The Persistence of Memory" (and also known by some as "Melting Clocks"), is the most famous painting by surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. The painting has been in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City since 1934. It is very widely recognized and is a frequent reference in popular culture. This well-known surrealistic piece epitomizes Dalí's theory of '"softness" and "hardness," which was central to his thinking at the time. Many also consider that the melting watches were there to literally symbolize the irrelevance of time.