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Salvador Dali. Soft Watch At Moment of First Explosion.  1954. Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in. Private Collection.
     Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989) uses two of his hallmark symbols—iconic melting watches and insects, set against the Spanish coastline — to create “Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion,” a study of disintegration prompted by his dismay over the use of atomic weapons. With a personality as non-conformist as his artwork, Dali singlehandedly forged a Surrealistic style defined by virtuoso realism and bold, disturbingly dreamlike fantasy. Strongly influenced by Sigmund Freud’s theories regarding dreams and the subconscious, Dali expresses the deepest fears, hopes and frustrations of his era in a way that is uniquely his own.
     The Amazing thing about this painting is you don't really have a clue what's going on. The watch could be floating, why is there a moth in the corner, what's the strange figure near the top, all these question would be hard to answer unless you've researched about the painting.

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