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    In 1924 a movement called Surrealism was born. The movement followed an art form called Dadaism, which expressed art from a cynical more anti-art approach. But unlike Dadaism, Surrealism was more positive and approached art with fantasy and illogical imagery. A French writer named Andre Breton would be the founder of the movement. Breton had this to say about his movement: “I believe in the future resolution of these two states, dream and reality, which are seemingly so contradictory, into a kind of absolute reality, a surreality.” This movement was centered around dreams, imagination, irrational imagery, fantasy, and things that didn’t make sense, but were still beautiful in an artistic sense. This gave way to the expression of how people…

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    associations of dreams using psychoanalytic theory and methodology on film and dream rhetoric. Exploring paradoxical combinations, thought to be “subversive of rational bourgeoisie civilisation” (Williams, 1981, pg.11), the European avant-garde art form Dadaism acted as a rejection of capitalist societies. It embraced chaos and irrationality, questioning conservative art and reacting to modernity in four key ways: collage, photomontage, assemblage and ready-mades. The question of both metaphor,…

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    When Andres Breton first used the word surrealism, he claimed ownership of the word, attributing it to the movement and claiming it was independent from any prior associations. From that point in time in 1924, surrealism thinking has come far in terms of the depth of interpretation through a variety of works that have been published ever since. This progress is best exemplified with Breton’s original manifesto and Anais Nin’s more recent novel, House of Incest, where there is a similarity in…

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    Max Ernst's Art

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    Max Ernst’s artwork and the 3-D technique Have you even visited a museum of art such as Whitney Museum of American Art or Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) that displays work of arts such as paintings, photographs or sculptures from all around the world and from different artists? I personally visited the MoMA and as I was looking around I saw lots of paintings and sculptures, but the one caught my attention was the three-dimensional painting by the artist named Max Ernst called Two Children Are…

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    Wanderlust

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    Wanderlust The work of art titled “The Tilled Field” by Joan Miró is an excellent example of a work that is part of the Surrealist movement. An oil painting on canvas completed in 1924, the work is possibly the most important and well-known work by the Spanish born artist. After being his career painting working on mare traditional still-lifes and landscapes he later transitioned into more contemporary styles of art. Never openly affiliated with a specific school of art, he produced pieces that…

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    Surrealism is an art movement that began in the early 1920s in Paris, France. The effect it had on art all around the world is still very much alive today. There were many famous surrealism artists during the movement. Also, some of the most famous works that are still admired today were created during the surrealism art movement. Surrealism is an art movement that stemmed out of the movement known as Dada, which was a movement meant to deliberately defy reason and logic when it came to…

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    contradiction in the world that is going on and wanted to set a spark of a revolution. Salvador Dali, (Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dali y Domenech), was born on May 11, 1904, and died January 23, 1989 in Figueres, Spain. He is the most famous Surrealist artist and was known for his most well known work, "The Persistence of Memory", which is a series of melting watches in the top right corner. He was known for his exuberant personality and a mischevious person who provokes trouble as well as his…

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    Surrealism by definition is, “the principles, ideals, or practice of producing fantastic or incongruous imagery or effects in art, literature, film, or theater by means of unnatural or irrational juxtapositions and combinations” ( Merriam-Webster., web). One may could say Salvador Dali took this to heart in most if not all of his art pieces. The idea of juxtaposition, or the putting together items that would not naturally be together. One example of this from Dali’s catalog would be The Burning…

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    Dadaism is an art movement that is met with many different points of view. Some art historians look at it with contempt, others generalize it as a movement solely about nihilism and a post-war reaction. It is possible that art historians by and large have missed the whole point of the Dada movement, and do not take it as a valid art movement. Leonard Aldea and Phillip Prager both believe that Dada artists are largely misunderstood and that art historians have done an injustice in their…

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    In Professor Bethke’s presentation she brought up how surrealism is all about what lies underneath, unseen, but influences us. This unconscious self, with all of its desires, is what unsettles us because it is the “real” us, or what we really want. Surrealism, which came about in 1924, is an interesting response to the oppressive, restrictive conscious self. Fascism from what I have seen, appeals to very basic ideals. It appeals to identity, to violence, to emotion, and to what looks good. These…

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