Surrealism Information

Surrealist style developed between the 1920’s and the 1930’s, it was dedicated to expressing the imagination. As Freud’s theories and Dadaism were the source of inspiration of the movement the followers of Surrealism used the method that was free from the control, convention, and reason. In some aspects Surrealism was similar to the late 19th-century Symbolism movement. Surrealist style included incongruity, spontaneity, the aim of the movement was to discover a super-reality by interpreting dream and reality together. Manifesto of Surrealism created by Andre Breton in 1924 is considered to be the starting point of the movement which later included such figures as Max Ernst, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Man Ray and other great artists of the 20th century.

It was a movement basically notable in literature and visual arts. However, Surrealist influence is present in a number of other media: music, film, television, politics, etc. Surrealism films include the films of Luis Buguel and Dali («Un chien andalou» and «L'Âge d'or»), Man Ray («L'Étoile de mer»), Jean Cocteau («Le Sang d'un poète»), René Clair («Entr'acte»), etc. The Surrealist influence is present in a number of works of other filmmakers, such as Woody Allen, Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers, Czech surrealist Jan Svankmajer, David Lynch.

Surrealism video of Davis Lynch are of Surrealist interest, although - despite his work's superficial resemblance to many of the Surrealist images, however the overall vision of the director tends to be socially conservative. The aspects of Surrealism in films are often found in passing frames of a larger film – the uncanny may suddenly emergence into the "normal" and may not be explored in the rest of the film.

Surrealist style impacted various arts and defined the further development of artistic movements. Many great literary movements were directly or indirectly influenced by Surrealism: Postmodernism (many themes and techniques of Postmodern era are identical to Surrealism), the Theatre of Absurd, Bob Dylan the stream of consciousness song writing, Magic Realism. A lot of Beat Generation writers were influenced greatly by Surrealists.

The techniques invented by Surrealists almost a century ago are now used by contemporary artists. Today a lot of painters create their works with the help of these techniques, they also continue to develop the style investigating newer methods. Visit online gallery to view the works of contemporary artist Valeriy Klinkov.