|FANTASIES AND DREAM WORLDS
Edward Hicks -- The Peaceable Kingdom (ca. 1840)
Salvador Dali -- Persistence of Memory (1931)
One of the best reasons for looking at art is the opportunity it gives us to experience other views of the world -- or to
experience new worlds altogether. Through the artist's vision, we are encouraged to see things in a different way -
and when fantasy and imagination guide the artist's brush, the view can be extraordinary!
In the world of fantasy, anything can take form, in the mind or on the artist's canvas: the rules of logic that govern
the “real world” have no bearing here. Edward Hicks' gentle fantasy, painted 160 years ago, portrays a "peaceable
kingdom" in which all strife is ended, and natural enemies -- predators and prey, both animal and human -- co-exist
in harmony. As a devout Quaker, this was his dream for the world. Creating a peaceful world was certainly not the
intent of Spanish artist Salvador Dali when he painted Persistence of Memory. Rather, by intertwining bizarre
dream imagery with realistic elements, he purposely created a painting that puzzles and unsettles the viewer. With
his "hand painted technicolor dream images" Dali staged impossibilities that twist logic and challenge our
In this session of GalleryTime we examine the fantasy worlds created by Hicks and Dali, and have the opportunity
to express our own dreams and fantasies in visual form as well.
The Peaceable Kingdom Persistence of Memory