Surrealist artists research

27 Jan

Salvador Dali: The Persistence of Memory, 1931

”The Persistence of Memory”, which shows the image of the soft melting pocket watch. In the painting we see the figures which symbolized the sign of time are changed, and the shape of the clocks softened, transformed, and even somewhat liquid-like. I feel the place is so desolate that the time seems to stand still, and the passage of time is showing the implied death. We can kind of get the ideas which Dali suggests that human beings would somehow change or even distort the fact as to keep in their mind forever.

Rene Magritte: The Lovers II(1928)

When I first saw This painting, ”The LoversII”, what came out of my mind was that it is really romantic but sad. The lovers who masked by fabric in the painting is like telling the viewers that: We are brave to love, we could risk our lives for love even it makes us feel suffocated;Even you are beyond recognition, with any incomplete,I will still love you.; We should get buried together when we are dead, so that we will not be alone…  This is such a wonderful piece ,  but the source of inspiration is very sad. Rene’s mother’s body was found with her face covered with a skirt hem , and this scene deeply shocked him and strongly demonstrated in his paintings. The white fabric in the painting represents his shadow of childhood. The expression of the emotions become blurred and unpredictable through the fabric, because it covers the most important expression of the face, it is a contradiction which is like pulling the emotions of warmth and enthusiasm out abruptly.  However, his works really challenges viewers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality.

Joan Miro:  Carnival of Harlequin, 1924

Joan Miro, who painted whimsical and bizarre images in his works.  One of his most famous painting ”Carnival of Harlequin”, describes a scene of brightly coloured organic forms and shapes in a humorous manner. Harlequin is a common theater character who is usually the victim of unrequited love and usually plays the guitar.The creatures in Miro’s paintings appear almost everytime as the cartoons, also takes up the entire canvas so that the viewer won’t keep focus on merely one aspect of the scene. Some of the shapes appear to be floating in the top corners of the space,  like the one on the left side which uses ladders to climb up through the work. The figures in this work shows lively, remarkably vivid, and even the inanimate objects have an eager vitalit.


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