Introduction to Surrealism


Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s. The aim was to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality". The Surrealist art movement’s roots were found in Dada, but it was less violent and more artistically based. Surrealist artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself.


There are five main characteristics of Surrealism,

1, Bleak sunlit landscapes

Salvador Felip Jacinto Dali

《The Transparent Simulacrum of the Feigned》1938


2, Irrational combinations

Rene Magritte

《The Conqueror》1925


3, Uncanny dream-like quality

Marc Chagall

《The Falling Angel,》1947


4, Distorted human figure

Salvador Felip Jacinto Dali

《Premonition of Civil War》1936


5,The humor and absurd from violating physical rules

Salvador Felip Jacinto Dali

《The Persistence of Memory》1931