Surrealism

A movement in art and literature flourishing in the 1920s and 1930s, characterized by a fascination with the bizarre, the incongruous, and the irrational. It was closely related to Dada, its principal source; several artists figured successively in both movements, each of which was conceived as a revolutionary mode of thought and action—a way of life rather than a set of stylistic attitudes. Both were strongly anti-rationalist and much concerned with creating effects that were disturbing or shocking, but whereas Dada was essentially nihilist, Surrealism was positive in spirit.






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Art Theory

Use of Materials

Enduring Themes

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Rococo

Neo-Dada

Naturalism

Neoclassicism

Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Impressionism