Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Explosion, by Salvador Dali was done on "ink on paper" in 1954. Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion, (also known as The Melting Watch, Clock Explosion, or simply Explosion) is an example of this surrealist movement. Dali used the presence of a dreamlike quality and ghostly appearance to accentuate the mysterious and unexplainable in his painting. Dali assimilates shadowy outlines of objects and uses the dreamlike quality in the way the watch twists and its broken pieces unexplainably float above it. Also, the ghostly way the watch drapes over one edge of the box as if melting. The watch seems to be pulling apart and stretching. It may denote Dali’s belief that time passing brings eventual destruction.

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