With Salvador Dali as its figurehead, the great ship of Surrealism
traversed the turbulent seas of the early 20th century with sails
billowing with dreams and desires. Inspired by the psychoanalytical
practice of Sigmund Freud, the Surrealists championed the
unconscious as the domain of truth, uninhibited by the standards or
expectations of society. With techniques ranging from hypnotism to
nocturnal walks to automatic writing, the likes of Andre Breton,
Max Ernst, Brassai, and Meret Oppenheim produced paintings,
drawings, texts, and films in which they sought to excavate their
most intimate and primal instincts. The results abound with sexual
fantasies, with mysterious, menacing creatures, and with the
juxtaposition of seemingly contradictory objects or ideas. This
book introduces the origins and the sensational legacy of the
Surrealist movement, one of the most profound and enduring
influences on film, theater, literature, art, and thought. Featured
artists: Hans Arp, Andre Breton, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dali,
Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Paul Klee, Rene Magritte, Andre
Masson, Matta, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Meret Oppenheim, Yves
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