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IELTS Speaking Sample Part 2 - A Painting/Drawing That You Like

Updated: Nov 30, 2023


Describe a painting / drawing that you like

You should say:

  • When you first saw this painting

  • What the painting is about

  • Who drew / painted it

And explain why you like this painting / drawing


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You know, I'm not exactly an art expert or anything, but I've always had this real appreciation for art, especially pieces that have this cool symmetry and a sense of stillness . One painting that's totally grabbed my attention is The Persistence of Memory of Salvador Dalí.


I remember stumbling upon it in a museum when I was a teenager, and it just blew my mind right away with its weird, dreamy vibe. You've got this landscape going on, with clocks melting all over the place, a kind of warped figure on a rock, and a horse with a neck on fire. It's seriously surreal , and a lot of people say those melting clocks symbolize time doing its own thing, not playing by the rules .


But what really hooks me about this painting is how Dalí messes with perspective and distortion . It's like he's pulling you into this dreamlike world where nothing is quite as it seems. You know, those melting clocks are particularly striking, like they’re defying the laws of physics or something. The figure lying on the rock is so still and lifeless that it seems to be in a state of deep sleep or even death. And lastly, the burning neck of the horse only adds to the painting’s overall sense of strangeness and surrealism .


So, yeah, I guess that's why I like The Persistence of Memory so much. It's simply visually stunning and thought-provoking , and it really challenges our perceptions of reality. It's also a reminder that our dreams and imagination can be just as, if not more, real than our everyday life.



 

VOCABULARY

  • symmetry (n) = sự đối xứng

  • a sense of stillness (phrase) = cảm giác tĩnh lặng

  • grab one’s attention (phrase) = thu hút sự chú ý của ai đó

  • stumble on / upon sb / sth (phrasal verb) = tình cờ bắt gặp ai đó / cái gì đó

  • blow one’s mind (idiom) = khiến ai đó phấn khích, thích thú

  • a warped figure (phrase) = một hình thù méo mó

  • surreal (adj) = siêu thực (không có thực)

  • play by the rules (idiom) = tuân theo luật lệ

  • perspective (n) = phối cảnh

  • distortion (n) = hiện tượng méo ảnh (các vật thể trong ảnh bị biến dạng)

  • defy the laws of physics (phrase) = thách thức các định luật vật lý

  • still and lifeless (phrase) = bất động và vô hồn

  • sense of strangeness and surrealism (phrase) = cảm giác kỳ quặc và siêu thực

  • visually stunning (phrase) = đẹp mắt

  • thought-provoking (adj) = khơi gợi những suy nghĩ sâu sắc



 

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