Some things captivate the imagination in a way you couldn’t think possible. To me that came in the way of Salvador Dali. His paintings are something out of this world, they take people into a strange and unseen place. The unexpected shapes of common things and settings make the work of art eye catching. Once you see the surrealist painting you are automatically key into looking at the painting to see what it is or at least attempt to understand what the painter was trying to communicate. They are not only strange as they seem out of a dream or a nightmare sometimes but also very complex. The surrealist artists play a lot with perspective as well as all the other values to create there paintings. The thing that attracts me the most to his paintings are the feelings I get of being in a dream or a different dimension. A place where I can judge and challenge anything and everything.
Salvador Dali was a surrealist painter from Spain. Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. As we observe one of his paintings in this case the “Persistence of Memory” we notice that everything in the painting is recognizable, the clocks, the landscape, watch, tree and everything else in the painting is drawn to be recognizable however we know that the way they are presented to us cannot be real. The deliberate confusion between the real and unreal is central to surrealism. As you look at the painting you get this feeling of being in a dream and as in some dreams you get feelings of weirdness and unsettledness before you get to the calm state to know that you were in a dream. When you wake up from such dreams you go back to thinking exactly what was the significance of such weirdness but come empty every time, as every time you go back you try to figure out what was the reason of such and come out with a different explanation. Is the same thing with Dali’s paintings as we look into them over and over again there is no real solution and is because these paintings are made to mimic the dream world where there is no real explanation to this weird shapes and places because the true meaning lies in the vault of the subconsciousness.
- What feeling dominates you when you look at something strange? Fear, anxiety, repulsion, happiness, sadness etc.
- What do you think of Salvador Dali’s paintings?
- First thought when you wake up from a weird dream?
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Mario De la Cruz