mercredi 3 juin 2015

Background To Surrealism

By Emily Sigidson

Surrealism first debuted in the mid 1920's, where it sparked a new form of creativity and expansion of imagination. This type of art embraces many forms including: art, sculpture, literature and film. They most often offer some element of surprise into the equation. This is typically done with unpredictable objects or characters or even a whimsical, unforeseen landscape.

It began as an extension of what is known as the Dada movement. Surrealism artists used famous writings to give birth to characters and expand upon our visions. One of the greatest pioneers with these works was Sigmund Freud and his radical works.

In 1924, Andre Breton (a Dadaist) wrote "Surrealist Manifest." The main purpose of the work was to help art lovers understand and appreciate all that this type of art was bringing to the table. He mentions how surrealism attempts to bridge the gap between dream and reality and showcases it in art form.

Salvador Dali is possibly the artist most often thought of when it comes to surrealism. In his work, "The First Days of Spring," we are introduced to a somewhat ominous dream with fascinating characters and even a headless human.

An important thing to note is that Surrealism spanned across the globe. It was exercised in: Mexico, Europe, United States and South America. Its main vision was to promote the human mind's ability to go beyond normal visions and create alternate states by way of imagination.

This is truly only a mere introduction into the vast art form that makes up surrealism. This incredible concept continues to impact art lovers today with its ability to unleash one's imagination and truly exercise the human mind. It is great way to explore our level of creativity and slip into a dreamland by simply taking in one of these wonderful works of art.

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