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          Surrealism is defined as "a style in which fantastical visual imagery from the subconscious mind is used with no intention of making the work logically comprehensible." For the first time, artists could “express their imagination as revealed in dreams, shaped by emerging theories on our perception of reality, free of the conscious control of reason and convention.” It was no wonder many people of this time period were drawn to this fantasy world, for Europe was in the midst of a "reconstruction" due to Irish (civil) wars, a new dictator, and economic issues. Surrealism’s main purpose was “to resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality into an absolute reality, a super-reality.” This particular art movement began in Europe 1924 and was started by Andre Breton. It is said that many members of the chaotic Dada movement were drawn to it, but Surrealism was not as dark. Many elements are alike compared to 19th-century Symbolist movement. Others say the "psychoanalytic" work of Freud and Jung started this movement. Max Ernst, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Arp, Man Ray, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, and Rene Magritte were all Surrealists of the 20th century. There were also Magic Realists, who were American Surrealists.








 "Beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on a dissecting table."

-Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire and Lautreamont 







Surrealism Artists:



Joan Miró






Alberto Giacometti






Salvador Dali















Comments (1)

Sarah Crecelius said

at 7:41 pm on May 6, 2009

I'd make the quote larger/bolder font and maybe center the list of artists/links to make it all visually more appealing!

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