The melted clock is the most well-known and beloved of Dali's images. He chose to portray this image consistently throughout his lifetime. These liquefying soft clocks symbolize fleeting time.
Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist works including film, sculpture, and photography.
"Two of Dali's obsessions: fire and a female figure with drawers. The flames seem to have a life of their own and represent the concealed intensity of unconscious desire, while the drawers represent the unknown of hidden secrets. The crutch is another symbol frequently used in Dali's work. He also calls it the 'symbol of death' and the symbol of resurrection'. It represents a blend of authority, stability and sexual power."
Many of Dali's most important works were the result of the wild images that came to him in dreams.