Art in Short Stories: Inspirational Background of Dali’s painting

When looking at a canvas, it’s always curious how its idea was born. Art historians formulate often the way too poeticized theories in this respect that often have too little connection with reality. For instance, it was thought that Salvador Dali’s famous “The Persistence of Memory”, known for its soft watches was inspired by Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. Yet, in one of his reply’s to the question of Ilya Prigogine, Dalí said that his soft watches were inspired not by science, but watching  a Camembert cheese melting in the sun. The painter insisted on this explanation in his reply letter to Prigogine, who took it as Dalí’s reaction to Einstein’s coldly mathematical theory.

 

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