a 20th century movement of artists and writers (developing out of dadaism) who used fantastic images and incongruous juxtapositions in order to represent unconscious thoughts and dreams
An artistic movement and an aesthetic philosophy that aims for the liberation of the mind by emphasizing the critical and imaginative powers of the subconscious.
Origin: From surréalisme;
Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. The aim was to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality." Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself. Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur; however, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artefact. Leader André Breton was explicit in his assertion that Surrealism was above all a revolutionary movement. Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920s onward, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film, and music of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, philosophy, and social theory.
The numerical value of surrealism in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of surrealism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.
They realise, together with the modern classical collectors, that surrealism is still not that expensive.
We often say that Brussels is the capital of surrealism, though in this case it is definitely in the negative sense of the word.
There was more interest in them because the bidders were interested in Surrealism as a field; they didn't care where the artist was from.
They realise, together with the modern classical collectors, that surrealism is still not that expensive, it's been undervalued for long and still is. Now that's gradually, slowly coming up, and together with 15 years of surrealist sales and new records...the sale is crystallising that interest.
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- surrealismeCatalan, Valencian
- os-fhìreachasScottish Gaelic
- gerçeküstücülük, sürrealizmTurkish
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