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Executed in 1981, this sculpture titled 'The Persistence of Memory" was inspired by one of Salvador Dali's most well known paintings from 1931 of the same title, currently housed in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Exemplifying his penchant for melting clocks and horological themes, this work plays against perceptions of reality through an investigation of the surreal. Composed of bronze with patina, this work is a wonderful example of Dali's playful approach to art in the realm of the subconscious.

Eccentric Spanish artist Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) is as known for his artwork today as he was during his time for his personality and grandiose behavior, reflected in his Surrealist artwork. He is most recognized for his paintings, namely ‘The Persistence of Memory’ completed in 1931, but his prolific career also included several ventures in film, sculpture, photography, and collaborative efforts with other established artists. Dalí’s painterly skills are said to have been inspired by the Renaissance masters, while his style was the product of a Surrealist concern for the subconscious. Though the end of the Surrealism movement did not come to a complete halt but rather was replaced by subsequent artistic trends, it is commonly believed that the death of Salvador Dalí coincided with the death of the movement to which he was such a large contributor. Dalí’s works have been exhibited worldwide, most recently in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2012) and Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY (2012).

Selected Public Collections:
The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Salvador Dalí Museum (St. Petersburg, FL)

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  • Christie's Amsterdam, June 5, 2008; Private Collection, West Coast (acquired from the above).
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 16.1 x 7 x 4 in. (40.89 x 17.78 x 10.16 cm.)

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