Surrealism is a wild painting and writing style that creates images that might come from dreams, like a landscape with gold pocket-watches bending, or an eyeball with clouds inside.

Salvador Dali is one of surrealism's most famous painters. The surrealism movement attracted writers and painters between World War I and World War II. The artists wanted to get beyond reason and logic. Instead, they looked to dreams and the power of the unconscious mind, which is weird, odd, bizarre, illogical, and fantastic. In surrealism, anything can happen—it’s the opposite of realistic art. We recognize the objects of surrealism, but they’re not following the rules of our world.

Definitions of surrealism

n a 20th century movement of artists and writers (developing out of dadaism) who used fantastic images and incongruous juxtapositions in order to represent unconscious thoughts and dreams

Type of:
art movement, artistic movement
a group of artists who agree on general principles

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