Welcome to the 1920's Surrealism WikiEdit

The 1920's saw the beginning of an era known to the art and literary community as "the Surrealism Movement"

What is Surrealism?Edit

The Merriam- Webster dictionary defines surrealism as “the principles, ideals, or practice of producing fantastic or incongruous imagery or effects in art, literature, film, or theater by means of unnatural or irrational juxtapositions and combinations.” In other words, Surrealism is an art form intended to portray wildly imaginary ideas through use of abnormal and unnatural objects. Many works from this time period possess a sort of 'dream-like' quality to them.

Early beginnings: Edit

The Surrealism movement came to life in the late 1910's and early 1920's following another movement known as "Dada" . Dadaists were disillusioned with modern society after the outbreak of World War I in 1914. They wrote nonsense poetry and created nonsense art to express their belief that traditional values had become meaningless. While the two movements differed greatly, Dadaism paved the way for artists such as Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, and Andre Breton.

A New Wave of Art:Edit

Surrealism was an art form unlike any other at the time. It went against many traditional values and techniques that were considered normal among the art community and introduced the idea that art didn't necessarily have to be limited to reality. As a result, thousands of pieces were created consisting of strange and unrelated objects on top of crazy and distorted backgrounds. The goal of these works was to tie together both reality and the unconscious world (dreams) to create a sort of 'super-reality'.


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