What does surrealism mean?

Definitions for surrealismsəˈri əˌlɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surrealism(noun)

    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


  1. surrealism(Noun)

    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.

  2. Origin: From surréalisme;


  1. Surrealism

    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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of surrealism in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of surrealism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Salvador Dalí:

    Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.

  2. Olivier Camu:

    They realise, together with the modern classical collectors, that surrealism is still not that expensive.

  3. Geoffroy Coomans De Brachene:

    We often say that Brussels is the capital of surrealism, though in this case it is definitely in the negative sense of the word.

  4. Axel Stein:

    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.

  5. David Alabo:

    I got into Afrofuturism from a desire to create art that showcases African culture through surrealism, seeing as there was not enough work in that field.

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