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The Persistence of Memory. Dali wanted to revolutionize the art of the twentieth century. All of his initial efforts to improve techniques that were already mastered did not gain him any ificant fame.
Nevertheless, he sought to fulfill the needs of his mental and social life through a new form of art. Dali sought a change in his life after the meeting with the Surrealists Mature women Dali in Paris and he knew that this change was not going to occur in Catalonia. However, the Surrealists saw in Dali the future of the movement, because he was armed with an exceptionally rich imaginary baggage.
This baggage was a result of his erotic desires for women and his undying interest in the concept of the unconsciousness devised by Sigmund Freud. His precise style enhanced the nightmare effect of his paintings. By he had become a leader of surrealism. One of his most prominent works during this period is The Great Masturbatorwhich was influenced by his strong attraction to the wife of Paul EluardGala Secrest The main subject in this work is a large female figure with a fractured head, yet very calm and taken into deep emotions.
The presence of the cracks on the face could ify a form of physical exhaustion. Nevertheless, the picture can be analyzed from different aspects since Dali was able to incorporate many odd objects to it.
The appearance of Gala was a revelation for him. He saw in her the imaginary female figure that he has been long waiting for. Gala for him was an object of worship, because she represented his childhood reveries. This was clearly seen in his most famous work the The Persistence of Memoryin which he depicted several clocks as melted in a desert setting with the ocean appearing below the horizon. Dreams consisted of a Mature women Dali segment of his life, because he would take siestas, or midday rests, in which he encounters more and more dreams Etherington-Smith 9.
Yet, his dreamlike style was combined with his sexual desires to give a variety of works with different themes. Among them is The Spectre of Sex Appealin which he depicts himself as watching a brutalized body of a woman, who is barely able to support herself with the aid of the sticks Secrest Her head seems indistinguishable and seems as if it blends with the giant rocky cliff in the background.
He depicts this state of exhaustion of the woman by the use of crutches to support her back and her arm.
Nevertheless, Dali adopted the influence of politics and religion into his surrealist style. InDali was accused of showing an interest in the fascist movement led by Hitler and as a result he was kicked out of the Surrealist group in Paris. Here the influence of Gala was also seen, because he incorporated her into the picture as the Virgin and as angels. Study, The Madonna of Port Lligat.
The style of Salvador Dali was the most famous and most creative of the twentieth century because he developed and nourished a style that was inificant before his time. The dominant themes in his career revolved around his childhood sexual desires and on the study of the unconscious mind. Secrest, Meryle. New York: E. Dutton, Etherington-Smith, Meredith. New York: Random House, Study, The Madonna of Port Lligat The style of Salvador Dali was the most famous and most creative of the twentieth century because he developed and nourished a style that was inificant before his time.
Works Cited Secrest, Meryle.
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