The Art of Surrealism.

17 Apr

Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s. This movement focuses alot around distorted and seemingly patchy immagery which takes elements from other movements and images and combines them to create one picture. Andre Breton was renown for his work with Surrealism and almost a pioneer of this style of art.

Renown artists known for their Surrealist art would be artist Salvador Dali, famous for pieces that include ‘The Persistence of Memory’. Dali proved that Surrealism didn’t have to be just a painting and began making numerous short films, that often meant nothing to viewers but to others would provoke feeling and emotion. I feel that one could argue Dali’s work to become pretentious as he slowly released more and more work.

Surrealism works because the audience can almost never understand the complete image, be it painting,sculpture or film. Surrealism is complete with unexpected juxtaposition’s, however have a hidden meaning, some aritst’s deliberately cloud the point of the image to leave the spectator constantly questioning something which can perhaps have a blatantly obvious meaning.

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.



Below is Salvador Dali’s 1931 piece ‘The Persistence of Memory’ .

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