Persistence of Memory

11:58:00 AM

I'll probably blog in detail about how I fell in love with art, but basically I think it started because I had to follow my dad who is an avid arts enthusiast everywhere when I was younger. This enabled me to develop an appreciation and passion for the arts which i am now thankful for.

Today, I would like to just share a lasting memory of following my parents to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York when I was 11 years old in 1995. It was a great experience even though I now wish that I was slightly older then so that I could remember most of what I saw. I remember seeing a simple looking painting which looked basically like a canvas painted in white. It looked like a blank canvas. I then found out at the time that the worth of the painting was in the range of seven digits and as an 11-year old girl, I was extremely puzzled by the fact that such a 'simplistic-looking' painting would even be worth that much. It was after I gained a better understanding of the arts years later that i only understood the reason why paintings are each valued differently.

But that is another story.

Anyway, back to MOMA, the experience was really awesome and left a huge impact on me. Below are some of the paintings in the collection of the MoMA that caught my eye.

The Persistence of Memory
Salvador Dalí, 1931
oil on canvas
24 cm × 33 cm (9.4 in × 13 in)
Melting Clocks La persistencia de la memoria

The above painting is actually my most favourite of all paintings. I fell in love with the painting the first time I saw it. The image of the melting clocks are very deeply etched in my memories as it depicts that time itself is melting and we can never unwind back time. To me the painting symbolizes the need for us to always appreciate time and the present even though the past is not something we can easily discard or forget. Therefore, who agrees with me that the persistence of
time is a perfect and apt title for this painting? :)


the blue clock

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon The Young Ladies of Avignon) Le Bordel ("The Brothel").[
Pablo Picasso, 1907
243.9 cm × 233.7 cm (96 in × 92 in)

The Starry Night
Vincent van Gogh, 1889
73 cm × 92 cm (28¾ in × 36¼ in)

The painting is about a terrible need for and a crave for something to believe /faith.

Pictures credits to wikipedia.

I suppose that's all for now. I'll try and share my thoughts on several art pieces if i have the time to do so in the very near future :)

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