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Surrealist paintings

Carré d'artistes presents a wide selection of surrealist paintings. This avant-garde movement emerged after the First World War with Dadaism. André Breton is the leader of the Surrealist manifesto signed in 1924. According to him, surreal art explores the subconscious in all art forms. This contemporary artistic movement brings into play all the different types of aesthetic creation and expression processes (oil painting, drawing, music, cinema, writing and poetry). This art form uses all the psychic springs like automatism, dreaming, and the unconscious. Painters from the surrealist movement freed themselves from the control of strict reason and engaged in a fight against the established order and received values.

What is the surrealist movement?

Artists and writers like André Breton, Louis Aragon, Philippe Soupault followed by Francis Picabia and Georges Bataille come together to mark their art with a form of revolt in the face of the sad reality of the post-war period. The Surrealist manifesto defines surrealist painting as "pure psychic automatism". With this form of art, there is no more censorship, no more limits to the way of creating or considering painting. This art form explores the imaginary and dreamlike world in order to renew the link between Man and his inner thought. Many artists have joined the surrealist movement such as: René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, André Masson, Joan Miró, Dora Maar, Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, Alberto Giacometti, Dorothea Tanning… Looking at these surrealist paintings, the imagination takes flight and gives free rein to the interpretation of symbols, dreams somewhere on the other side of the mirror. In the 1930s, the movement took a much more political turn. Surrealist influence has spread over multiple artistic fields such as cinema, writing, posters...

Flagship surrealist works

There are many surrealist painters who continue to inspire contemporary artists in their artistic approach. The painter Joan Miró designed the canvas "The Harlequin's Carnival" in 1924, drawing inspiration from his own hallucinations. In this surreal painting, Miró unveils many strange characters from his imagination. The artist René Magritte is internationally known for his painting "This is Not a Pipe". In his work "The False Mirror", he represents an eye which is in fact a symbolic representation of the gaze on the world. The surrealist painter wishes to demonstrate that looking is a mental creation. We all interpret reality in our own way. "Surrealism is me" declared the painter Salvador Dalí, when he came to display his work in New York. This eccentric figure is also known as one of the most representative 20th century Spanish painters of the surrealist movement. In the artist's surrealist paintings, dreams, symbolism and imagination are omnipresent. At Carré d'artistes, discover surrealist paintings by contemporary artists such as Pascal Lionnet.

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