Some call it dream-like, others call it strange, but we all call it surrealism. A quote from a passage on theartstory.org says, “The Surrealists sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of the imagination. Disdaining rationalism and literary realism, and powerfully influenced by psychoanalysis, the Surrealists believed the rational mind repressed the power of the imagination, weighing it down with taboos.” This quote, in my opinion, channels the meaning of surrealism perfectly. Surrealism is expressive creativity where the mind exchanges reality for fantasy.
Surrealism also exists in literary works. My favorite surrealist book is Metamorphosis. This book is about a salesman who finds himself changing into an insect, and he has a hard time accepting the fact that he is now a huge bug. If you have not read this book, I highly recommend that you read it.
Surrealistic artists and authors:
“It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them.” -Man Ray
How do you feel about surrealism art and literature? Who is your favorite surrealist artist? What is your favorite piece of surrealist artwork? Thank you for reading today! Comment below and let me know what you think.
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