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Salvidor Dalis The Persistence of Memory 1931 oil on canvas 24 x 33 cm Many of Salvidor Dalis paintings had landscapes from that were familier to him from his youth This painting is a surrealist painting The rocks in the backround to the right are of Cape Creus One of Dals most memorable Surrealist works indeed the one with which he is most often associated is The Persistence of Memory It shows a typical Dalnian landscapewere Dali lived as a child with the rocks of Cape Creus jutting up in the background In the foreground a sort of amorphous self portrait of Dal seems to melt Three Separate Melting Watch images even out the foreground of the work The melting watches are one symbol that is commonly associated with Salvador Dals Surrealism They are literally meant to show the irrelevance of time When Dal was alone with Gala and his paintings in Cape Creus he felt that time had little perhaps no significance for him The warm summery days seemed to fly by without any real indication of having passed This is one of the things that inspired him to do this painting What inspired Salividor to have the drooping or melting clocks was a melting peace of cheese August Rodins The Thinker 1881 bronze 715 x 40 x 58 cm The Thinker was the first work by Rodin to be set up in a public place It was placed in front of the Pantheon on 21 April 1906 during an intense political and social crises which turned this sculpture into a socialist symbol In 1922 using as a the statue created an obstacle during ceremonies it was transported with its pedestal to the garden of the Hotel Biron which had by then become the Rodin Museum Another one was placed over the tomb of Rodin in Meudon
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