“The Persistence of Memory” is a famous oil on canvas painting which features a number of melting pocket watches. It is a widely recognized piece of art, and is often referenced and parodied in popular culture. Since 1934 the painting has been a part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. There are many theories about the meaning of the painting and it is still studied to this day. If you have ever wondered who painted this iconic painting, keep reading to find out.
Who painted The Persistence of Memory?
“The Persistence of Memory” was painted by the Spanish artist Salvador Dalí in 1931 and it is considered to be his finest work. The idea for the painting is said to have come from a hot summers day when he noticed some of his cheese had become runny. Later than night he had a dream of clocks melting. He already had the plain landscape painted and he added the clocks melting after this dream!
In 1931, it was first exhibited at the Galerie Pierre Colle in Paris. A short time later it was purchased for $250 by American art dealer Julian Levy and in 1933 it was sold to Mrs. Stanley B. Resor. She donated the painting to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City where it can still be seen today. In 1954 he finished a painting entitled “The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory,” which is a recreation of the original painting.