The origins of Surrealist art: a journey through dreams
Uniting the conscious and unconscious realms to create something new
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Artists have always sought to push boundaries, to rebel against the status quo. In 1920's Europe, the horrors of WWI had left a serious mark on society. In the aftermath, new forms of expression came into being. Enter Surrealist art, with its emphasis on positive expression. The proponents of Surrealism saw the art form as a rejection of rationalism, the very thing that had led Europe into the Great War. Instead, Surrealism merged the conscious mind with the unconscious, bringing the dream and fantasy worlds into form, to create something that was above everyday reality.
Intrigued? Click on to learn about the origins of the Surrealist art movement, and its main players.
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