Analyzing Salvador Dali Paintings

It cannot be denied that Salvador Dali has a special place in the world of Modern Art. His flamboyant personality has been a source of controversy, kept alive by Dali’s own provocative exuberance fueled by critics and the press. The press has always pointed a double edge sword towards Salvador Dali calling him a genius and a mad man at the same breath.

To his defense Dali would have great come back lines for the press and his critics:

  • “The only difference between me & a madman is that I am not mad.” – Salvador Dali
  • “Every morning when I wake up, I experience exquisite joy – the joy of being Salvador Dali…” – Salvador Dali

I wanted to share with you some great information that I found about some of the interesting works of Salvador Dali:

Dali - Persistence of Memory

The Persistence of Memory (1931). Dali has said that eating Camembert cheese inspired the melting watches: “Be persuaded that Salvador Dali’s famous limp watches are nothing else than the tender, extravagant and solitary paranoiac-critical Camembert of time and space.” The image of the melting clocks would become a trademark of Dali and would reappear in many subsequent works.

Mae West's Face set as a Surrealist Dwelling

Mae West’s Face which is set as a Surrealist Dwelling (1934-36). The furnishings of a room are transformed into a portrait of Mae West. The soft lips were to become a sofa object for Edward James.

Sleep (1937). Dali feared sleep and saw sleep as a monster supported by crutches.

You are welcomed to comment and ask about any other work of Salvador Dali that you would like to discuss…

About the Author

Amitai Sasson of is an art world traveler on a mission to seek out the beauty and passion of the art world. As an avid enthusiast of art and oil paintings, he contributes to as Chief editor and writer.