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The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali on page 428 is one his most distinguishedworks It is an Oil on Canvas 9 12 x 13 and was painted in 1931 Dali uses many types ofmedia in this picture to portray the imagery he was looking for The First media I recognized was chiaroscuro The artwork starts from a bright white andblue in the top left hand corner and ends up fading into darkness There is a large figure with a clock draped over it right before the fade to darkness which may symbolize a time in the artistslife in which he was feeling that his memories were fading and falling into blacknessThe Second media I noticed was trompe loeil This was most noticed with theseemingly melted watches representing time or memory draping off a table and a tree It isreally a barren landscape with 4 clocks a table fake tree a blue rectangular mass and somemountains in the background I suppose he is trying to symbolize his thoughts and memories andhow he was feeling about them at that momentThis artwork consists of a mostly cool color scheme with one instance of warm There isa red clock in the bottom left hand corner that does seem to stick out with the effect of red andblack it uses That also is covered with ants that look like they are eating which may symbolizesome type of eating away at a memory he had The cool colors are the sky and 3 of the clockswhile the warm is 1 clock and the base of the mountain The rest of the landscape is a veryPersistence of Memory also exhibits a kind of atmosphericlinear perspective Theobjects in the front of the piece the tree clocks table figure are most noticeable with detail andit seems like those are the objects the artist wants you to be most familiar with relative to themountains sky and ocean in the distance which really are not
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