Sigmund Freud’s Work With Dreams Inspired Salvador Dali’s ‘The Persistence of Memory’

Dali looked at his own insecurities and allowed the dreamlike fantasy to come out in the painting.

If you are somebody who follows James Payne, you might appreciate some of the work that he does.

His YouTube channel, Great Art Explained, often takes a look at items that are of general interest to most people and of specific interest to others.

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In the video that we have for you below, he is looking at a Salvador Dali painting, The Persistence of Memory.

In speaking about the artist, he talks about how Sigmund Freud was working on some dream theories of how the subconscious mind works, and it was an influential theory on the artist.

Sigmund Freud
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Dali also looked at his own insecurities and allowed the dreamlike fantasy to come out in the painting. Perhaps that is what makes the work of art such an iconic piece that is still loved down to this day.

He says, “The Persistence of Memory is about the fluidity of memory, dreams, and time – but the melting watches, the dead tree, and the parasitic insects, all point to Dali’s obsession with death and decay.”

The Persistence of Memory
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It offers a new perspective on a classic painting.

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