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Surrealist painting depicting scenes from everyday life: Passi da vicino.

What are the characteristics of a surrealist artwork?

Surrealist artwork is an art form that seeks to express thoughts and intellect verbally, without any control from the artist and without aesthetic or moral concerns.

Surrealism in painting is the absence of any control and represents indescribable things stemming from the unconscious and dreams, in other words, the realm of the imaginary.

In this manner, a surrealist painting is often poetic and portrays ineffable and uncontrolled elements originating from dreams and the unconscious.

This type of imaginative subject matter is consistently present in surrealist artworks, making them recognizable. Symbols are also prominent and plentiful in a surrealist piece.


An Oniric Ambience in Your Interior

Surrealist painting is often described as affordable and mysterious. It is perfectly suited to decorate your interior and add a personalized touch.

Adding a surrealist painting to your interior is an opportunity to stimulate the imagination, and everyone can interpret the artwork in their own way. It's a unique way to decorate walls and bring a touch of creativity to a living room, bedroom, or even hallways.

Whether traditional or modern, this movement allows you to break away from the monotony of a house. The artwork captures attention and creates a stylized effect!

By purchasing a surrealist artwork, you open the doors to the unreal.



What is the surrealist movement ? André Breton is the leader of the Surrealist Manifesto, which was signed in 1924. According to Breton, this art movement explores the unconscious in all forms of art. This contemporary artistic movement encompasses various creative and aesthetic expression methods, including oil painting, drawing, music, cinema, writing, and poetry. Surrealism utilizes psychological elements such as automatism, dreams, and the unconscious. Artists who emerged from the surrealist movement liberated themselves from the constraints of strict reason and engaged in a battle against established order and received values.

Artists and writers like André Breton, Louis Aragon, Philippe Soupault, Francis Picabia, and Georges Bataille came together to express their art as a form of revolt against the bleak reality of the post-war era. The Manifesto defines surrealist painting as "pure psychic automatism." With this art form, there are no more censorship or limits on how to create or envision painting. Surrealism explores the imaginary and dreamlike world to reconnect the individual with their inner thoughts.

Numerous artists joined the movement, including René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, André Masson, Joan Miró, Dora Maar, Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, Alberto Giacometti, and Dorothea Tanning. When viewing these paintings, the imagination escapes and interpretation of symbols and dreams takes place somewhere on the other side of the mirror.

From the 1930s onwards, the movement took a much more political turn. The surrealist influence extended to multiple artistic domains such as cinema, writing, and poster art.



There are numerous surrealist painters who continue to inspire contemporary artists in their artistic endeavors.

The painter Joan Miró created the canvas "The Harlequin's Carnival" in 1924, drawing inspiration from his own hallucinations. In this painting, Miró unveils numerous strange characters originating from his imagination.

The artist René Magritte is internationally known for his artwork "This is not a pipe". In his work "The False Mirror," he portrays an eye that is actually a symbolic representation of perception in the world. The surrealist painter aims to demonstrate that the act of seeing is a mental creation. We all interpret reality in our own way.

Other notable surrealist artists include Robert Desnos, Guillaume Apollinaire, Salvador Dalí...



Salvador Dalí's "The Persistence of Memory" is undoubtedly one of the most well-known works of surrealism. The famous painting, also known as "The Soft Watches," depicts melted watches, evoking themes of time, death, and dreams.

Another notable work is René Magritte's "The Lovers," created in 1928 and currently housed at the MoMA in New York. The painting features two figures embracing, their faces hidden by a white veil. This motif can be found in other artworks by the artist and elicits various interpretations.

Joan Miró's "The Harlequin's Carnival," created between 1924 and 1925, was showcased in a collective surrealist exhibition at the Pierre Gallery in Paris. Alongside other prominent figures of the surrealist movement such as de Chirico, Picasso, Man Ray, Paul Klee, and Max Ernst, Miró achieved great success. With this painting, Miró reached the pinnacle of his surrealist period.


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