The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory

Many people are familiar with Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory. It is one of the iconic images of the twentieth century.

The Persistence of Memory, 1931
The Persistence of Memory (1931), by Salvador Dalí

However, his follow-up work, The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory, is less widely known.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory
The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory (1954), by Salvador Dalí

It is a vision of the same place—but this time, the land has been filled by water, and the objects, which are now able to freely float, are breaking up into their atomic parts. Even the tree has begun to disintegrate.

The more you look at this painting, the more mind-blowing it becomes.