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Surrealist paintings

KAZoART, the online art gallery presents paintings inspired by the Surrealist movement, based on the expression and exploration of our thoughts and subconscious. Surrealism mixes humor, poetry, hybridization, satire and the untoward in pleasingly figurative canvas. 

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EVIAL - Échec et mat !
EVIAL
Acrylic painting
38 x 46 cm
Private sale -10%
Alex Saman - The green castle
Alex Saman
Acrylic painting
60 x 80 cm
$842
Paxal - Le sherif apocryphe
Paxal
Acrylic painting
33 x 41 cm
$526
Mélanie Pasquier - Expectation
Mélanie Pasquier
Mixed media
29 x 29 cm
$737
Mélanie Pasquier - Feed me
Mélanie Pasquier
Acrylic painting
50 x 65 cm
$1,263
Lepeudry - La cathédrale du bout du monde
Lepeudry
Mixed media
65 x 50 cm
$632
Cécile Duchêne-Malissin - Jeux d'enfant - le trophée
Cécile Duchêne-Malissin
Mixed media
80 x 120 x 2 cm
$2,527
Jonathan Ouisse - Rodeo drive
Jonathan Ouisse
Acrylic painting
200 x 70 cm
$7,370
EVIAL - Welcome to heaven
EVIAL
Acrylic painting
50 x 50 cm
Private sale -30%
Jonathan Ouisse - Be humble
Jonathan Ouisse
Acrylic painting
100 x 80 cm
$4,527
Paxal - Quand je n'ai pas de bleu je mets du rouge
Paxal
Acrylic painting
100 x 100 cm
$5,685
Lepeudry - Solitude acidulée
Lepeudry
Acrylic painting
42 x 30 cm
Private sale -10%
Jonathan Ouisse - Free hugs
Jonathan Ouisse
Acrylic painting
60 x 90 cm
$4,001
Walter Scott - Le roi des gens pas normaux
Walter Scott
Acrylic painting
75 x 65 cm
$2,948
Bernard Fièvre - La matrice
Bernard Fièvre
Oil painting
40 x 80 cm
$2,106
Victoria Stagni - Le vieil éléphant
Victoria Stagni
Oil painting
116 x 89 cm
$8,285
Mélanie Pasquier - Astrée
Mélanie Pasquier
Acrylic painting
40 x 50 cm
$1,684
Jonathan Ouisse - The king's speech
Jonathan Ouisse
Mixed media
240 x 200 cm
$9,475
Jonathan Ouisse - Birdy nam nam
Jonathan Ouisse
Acrylic painting
90 x 70 cm
$4,316
Julien Duvivier - Saisir l'instant
Julien Duvivier
Oil painting
54 x 65 cm
$1,053
Walter Scott - Dans le slip de toto
Walter Scott
Acrylic painting
120 x 100 cm
$7,685
Cécile Duchêne-Malissin - Le parc
Cécile Duchêne-Malissin
Mixed media
89 x 116 x 2 cm
Private sale -10%
Catherine Villermé - Contourner l’arbre rouge
Catherine Villermé
Oil painting
40 x 40 cm
$442
Bernard Fièvre - L'abîme est bordé de hautes demeures
Bernard Fièvre
Oil painting
80 x 80 cm
$4,106
Mélanie Pasquier - Nike
Mélanie Pasquier
Acrylic painting
81 x 130 cm
$4,738
Tarek - Spiritus
Tarek
Acrylic painting
65 x 81 cm
Private sale -20%
Alex Saman - The dwelling in the sky
Alex Saman
Acrylic painting
120 x 80 cm
$1,895
db Waterman - A hard rain's a-gonna fall II
db Waterman
Mixed media
110 x 110 cm
$5,159
Paxal - Tornado
Paxal
Acrylic painting
100 x 100 cm
$3,474
EVIAL - A touch of heaven
EVIAL
Acrylic painting
46 x 55 cm
Private sale -30%
Stoz - dep 25
Stoz
Acrylic painting
50 x 61 x 2 cm
$474
Bernard Fièvre - Ingeborg
Bernard Fièvre
Oil painting
60 x 60 cm
$2,421
Mélanie Pasquier - Black swan
Mélanie Pasquier
Acrylic painting
50 x 65 cm
$2,211
Georges DUMAS - Non Temere
Georges DUMAS
Mixed media
100 x 100 x 2 cm
$4,211
EVIAL - The soul of a man (numéro 07)
EVIAL
Acrylic painting
81 x 100 cm
Private sale -30%
Smoka - Somnium
Smoka
Acrylic painting
80 x 80 cm
$842
Bernard Fièvre - Tharsile ou le piètre entendement
Bernard Fièvre
Oil painting
46 x 38 cm
$1,474
Cécile Duchêne-Malissin - Dissimulation IV / Concealment IV / Verschleierung IV
Cécile Duchêne-Malissin
Mixed media
130 x 97 x 2 cm
$3,264
Daniel Berkovitch - Intrusion
Daniel Berkovitch
Acrylic painting
73 x 100 cm
$1,474
Paxal - Bib
Paxal
Acrylic painting
73 x 100 cm
$1,895
EVIAL - Meditation
EVIAL
Acrylic painting
38 x 46 cm
Private sale -30%
Alex Saman - Mia
Alex Saman
Acrylic painting
80 x 120 cm
$1,895
EVIAL - The soul of a man - série 2 (numéro 01)
EVIAL
Acrylic painting
33 x 41 cm
$368
db Waterman - A new day dawns
db Waterman
Mixed media
30 x 48 cm
Private sale -10%
Daniel Berkovitch - Luna park
Daniel Berkovitch
Acrylic painting
130 x 97 cm
$2,000
Antony Squizzato - Prise de têtes
Antony Squizzato
Acrylic painting
46 x 55 cm
$1,842
Paxal - Raviolis & soda
Paxal
Acrylic painting
90 x 90 cm
$3,053
EVIAL - Le Silence de la Solitude
EVIAL
Acrylic painting
97 x 130 x 3 cm
$2,948
Cécile Duchêne-Malissin - Les métamorphoses III
Cécile Duchêne-Malissin
Acrylic painting
73 x 92 x 2 cm
$1,769
Georges DUMAS - Ajourements II
Georges DUMAS
Mixed media
40 x 70 x 2 cm
$1,369
Paxal - La femme au tiroir
Paxal
Acrylic painting
100 x 100 cm
$3,895
EVIAL - Dancing with my shadow
EVIAL
Acrylic painting
73 x 92 cm
$1,579
Louise Fritsch - Sauge de jérusalem 2008-293
Louise Fritsch
Oil painting
89 x 116 cm
$5,685
Mr Zion - Smile
Mixed media
80 x 80 cm
$1,474
Marie-Rose Borrego - Dionysos
Acrylic painting
60 x 73 cm
$2,000
Véronique Tiberge - Chien
Mixed media
50 x 60 cm
$716
Georges DUMAS - Les sœurs de Gabrielle
Georges DUMAS
Mixed media
66 x 44 cm
$1,263
Michel de Gouttes - Reflet du ciel à travers le carreau.(modele à la robe jaune)
Michel de Gouttes
Acrylic painting
60 x 73 cm
$948
Emilie Lagarde - Chercher la trace
Emilie Lagarde
Oil painting
50 x 40 cm
$632
Pascal Marlin - Homme avec enfant et figurine
Pascal Marlin
Mixed media
24 x 30 cm
$368
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Great Surrealist painters and Surrealism techniques

In 1924 André Breton defined Surrealism as "Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one expresses, either verbally, in writing, or in any other medium, the actual functioning of thought. The dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason and outside all moral and aesthetic concerns..." It is, however, more challenging to apply this definition to the world of plastic arts.

This is why surrealism painting is expressed in different ways without every following the definition given by Breton to the letter. Inspired by the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico and Freudian psychoanalysis, the great Surrealist artists, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Francis Picabia, René Magritte, Joan Miro and Yves Tanguy, all took a different approach and interpretation of what Surrealism paintings meant to them. Interpreting dreams, using automatic movements and distorting the perception of reality, they used their inventiveness to create a unique plastic language.

Salvador Dali, for example, invented a technique known as "paranoia-criticism" (a technique inspired by Lacan), recreating on canvas his dreams and fantasies after analysis and reflection. His Surrealism paintings, such as Soft Construction with Boiled Beans, The Persistence of Memory and The Enigma of My Desire, are organized according to the secret, coded language of his own creation.

Others, such as René Magritte, took a completely different approach, seeking to stimulate our perception of reality. Surrealism artworks like The Treachery of Images and The Key to Dreams are designed to disturb the viewer, who is faced with visual contradictions (such as a train emerging from a chimney) and forced to put into perspective their perception of the world. To do this, Magritte played on the referent and referee, creating surprising visual word plays.

 The origins of Surrealism

After World War I, many intellectuals were keen to escape the violence and terror of reality. André Breton, who had completed his military service in a psychiatric hospital during the war, was confronted with soldiers who, returning from the front line, had developed all sorts of psychiatric disorders. 

Fascinated by a number of his patients, who had created an imaginary world in which to seek refuge and heal from the violence of the front line, André Breton became increasingly interested in the powers of the mind and more specifically the writings of Sigmund Freud.

The unconscious, as described by Freud, represented for the great Surrealist artists André Breton, Paul Eluard and Philippe Soupault, a mental space in which anything was possible. Through numerous means, they sought to enter into contact with it, using all sorts of processes and drugs. They were interested in exploring this mental space stripped of all control of the mind. A space in which creation was found in its purest form. A space beyond reality, the place of the surreal. And so Surrealism and surrealism painting was born.

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