Comparing Dali, Miro and Munch.
The paintings featured in this assignment are all similar because they all offer an insight into the artist’s mind and what there thinking of feeling. They achieve this using a number of different techniques, but the most notable aspect of the three of the paintings examined in this assignment is they all create a scene that is not exactly abstract, that is the viewer of the painting can easily recognise most objects in focus. But the scene painted has been warped into an unnatural, dream-like state. The three paintings that will be reviewed in this assignment are; “The Carnival of Harlequin”, “The Persistence of Memory” and “The Scream”.
The Scream was painted in 1893 by Edvard Munch. It was created using Tempera and pastel on board and is 91 x 73.5 cm. The painting is Edvard Munch’s most famous work. This painting is a reflection of an incident that happened to Munch as he was walking with friends in Oslo, an entry from his diary on the 22 January 1892. It reads,
“I was walking along the road with two friends.
I stopped, and leaned against the railing, deathly tired –
looking out across the flaming clouds that hung like blood and a sword
over the blue-black fjord and town.
My friends walked on – I stood there, trembling with fear.
And I sensed a great, infinite scream pass through nature.”
This painting is different from the other paintings reviewed in this assignment because its main purpose seems to be to foreground an emotion rather than a concept or an idea.
The Persistence of Memory, painted by Salvador Dali in 1931is a painting that foregrounds the artist’s theory about space and time. The “soft watches” that are the focal point of the painting symbolise Dali’s thoughts about the pliability of space and time. Dali even felt that this work foreshadowed the discoveries of nuclear physics that mat