The painting “The Permanence of Memory,” written by the great Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali in 1931, differs, like many of his works, with a special style and profound subtext, which is filled with a multitude of incredible meanings.
“Consistency of memory” – one of the most famous and replicable works of Salvador Dali. Because of this, the picture was overgrown with many national names: “Time profile”, “Leaking time”, “Soft clock”, “Hardness of memory”, “Memory stability” are some alternative names of this work.
In the picture “The permanence of memory” is depicted typical of Salvador Dali quiet landscape with a small amount of detail, which became the background for the clock, which slowly melts and spreads, as if from the heat. This contrast between the linearity of the flow of time and the image of curved and sprawling clocks creates a special semantic riddle for this canvas. The only solid watches depicted in this picture lie on the clock face and are teeming with ants – a symbol of decay and decomposition in Dali’s work.
Almost all of his paintings Salvador Dali left notes in his diary, but the researchers did not find a word about the picture “Soft clocks”. Hence, there are several very different versions of the meaning of this canvas. Perhaps, one of the most original versions, is the artist’s image of his fear of male weakness in the form of soft and shapeless objects.