Salvador Dalí, Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion, 1954
After The Persistence of Memory in 1931, the ‘soft watch’ became a major image in Dalí’s work. However here, the theme of time is not only interrupted by the clock’s melting state; the explosion of the clock’s surface creates a more sudden and definitive destruction.
Alberto Giacometti, City Square, 1948
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Kay Sage, 1898-1963
Le Passage (1956), In the Third Sleep (1944), I Saw Three Cities (1944)
Kay Sage was an American painter. She studied at the Corcoron Art School in Washington D. C., but also spent long periods of time travelling across Europe. In around 1923, whilst in Rome, Sage fell in love with and subsequently married a young Italian prince, Ranieri di San Faustino. They divorced in 1935, and Sage went on to meet her second husband, Surrealist artist Yves Tanguy, in Paris.
After Tanguy’s passed away in 1955, Sage painted very little. Le Passage was completed the year after Tanguy death, and shows the emotional and physical breakdown of Sage after the loss of her husband.
Marc Chagall, Exodus, 1952-66
Rene Magritte, The Interpretaton of Dreams, c.1930
This six sectioned piece by Belgian Surrealist Rene Magritte looks at word and object association and how the logic behind these connections can get lost when the subconscious or unconscious takes over. The words beneath the items translate from left to right as ‘the acacia’, ‘the moon’, ‘the snow’, ‘the ceiling’, ‘the storm’ and ‘the desert’, though the items above the words obviously do not clearly match up!
Yves Tanguy, Construct and Destroy, 1940
BEST KISSES IN ART
Constantin Brancusi, The Kiss, 1916
Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, 1907-08
Rene Magritte, The Lovers, 1926
Marc Chagall, The Birthday, 1915
Francesco Hayez, The Kiss, 1859
Auguste Rodin, The Kiss, 1901-04