GD1 The Art Movement- Surrealism

Posted on December 3rd, 2018



Surrealism is a movement in visual art and literature that happened in Europe between World Wars I and II.

Surrealism is a style in which fantastic visual imagery from the subconscious mind is used with no intention of making the artwork logically comprehensible.

Founded by Andre Breton in 1924, it was a primarily European movement which attracted many members of the chaotic Dada movement. It was deeply influenced by the psychoanalytic work of Freud and Jung and in a rejection of the societal norms that lead to WW1.

The Surrealist circle was made up of many of the great artists of the 20th century, including Jean Arp, Max Ernst, Giorgio de Chirico, Man Ray, Joan Miro, Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali.


Soft Watch At Moment Of Explosion by Salvador Dali in 1931.

The soft clock exploding is to symbolize the end of time, but alongside the clock the moth also symbolizes the fragile, brief limits of time.

This painting is similar to one of his must famous paintings- The Persistence of Memory
Writing/Drawing Assignment 

1) List 5 facts about the art movement Surrealism.
2) Look at the artists shown in the 2 links below. Who is your favorite artist? List 5 traits that you see in their art.

3) Draw a copy of your favorite painting. List the name of the artist, painting, and the date that it was painted.

Surrealism
Surrealism 2

Extra Credit Opportunity

Find an advertisement in a magazine that uses Surrealism.
Rip it out, write your name and period on it and bring it into class. We will post it on the board.


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