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Un regard vers l'horizon
Un regard vers l'horizon
$767
Acrylic painting (50 x 65 cm)
Chercher la trace
Chercher la trace
$657
Oil painting (50 x 40 cm)
Limite
Limite
$1,534
Acrylic painting (73 x 100 cm)
La femme au tiroir
La femme au tiroir
$3,615
Acrylic painting (100 x 100 cm)
Saisir l'instant
Saisir l'instant
$1,534
Oil painting (54 x 65 cm)
The green castle
The green castle
$1,096
Acrylic painting (60 x 80 cm)
L'arbre jaune
new
L'arbre jaune
$1,753
Mixed media (50 x 70 cm)
Luna park
Luna park
$2,082
Acrylic painting (130 x 97 cm)
Homme aux gros bras
Homme aux gros bras
$2,629
Mixed media (89 x 116 cm)
En chaque adulte sommeille un enfant
En chaque adulte sommeille un enfant
$1,600
Acrylic painting (73 x 92 cm)
Monde sous-marin
Monde sous-marin
$335
Oil painting (46 x 38 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 03)
The soul of a man (numéro 03)
$734
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
Le regard des autres
Le regard des autres
$734
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
Passerelle
Passerelle
$1,643
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
Toi, tu creuses (le Clint à Sad hill)
Toi, tu creuses (le Clint à Sad hill)
$734
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 12)
The soul of a man (numéro 12)
$1,742
Acrylic painting (73 x 100 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 09)
The soul of a man (numéro 09)
$1,928
Acrylic painting (81 x 100 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 07)
The soul of a man (numéro 07)
$1,928
Acrylic painting (81 x 100 cm)
Le vieil ange et l'oiseau
Le vieil ange et l'oiseau
$734
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
No one carries my weight
No one carries my weight
$274
Mixed media (20 x 30 cm)
The man with the red face
The man with the red face
-20% in the Special Offers
Mixed media (24 x 30 cm)
The King's Speech
The King's Speech
$6,793
Mixed media (240 x 200 cm)
La grande vague de kanagawa -remix
La grande vague de kanagawa -remix
$2,520
Acrylic painting (92 x 92 cm)
Sauge de jérusalem 2008-293
Sauge de jérusalem 2008-293
$2,629
Oil painting (89 x 116 cm)
The king
The king
$394
Acrylic painting (20 x 80 cm)
Le vieil éléphant
Le vieil éléphant
$5,368
Oil painting (116 x 90 cm)
Pigs
Pigs
$7,121
Acrylic painting (250 x 175 cm)
Transformation
Transformation
$2,520
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
Bois-moi
Bois-moi
$1,096
Acrylic painting (90 x 70 cm)
Une vie de compression III
Une vie de compression III
$2,082
Oil painting (60 x 120 cm)
Patience
Patience
$1,643
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
Joyeuse équipe
Joyeuse équipe
$2,082
Acrylic painting (100 x 120 cm)
La cliente
La cliente
$1,753
Acrylic painting (80 x 120 cm)
Ciel nuageux 2
Ciel nuageux 2
$1,041
Oil painting (105 x 81 cm)
Mona lisa recycled
Mona lisa recycled
$986
Mixed media (40 x 45 cm)
Future street
Future street
$2,191
Oil painting (80 x 130 cm)
Erosion
Erosion
$1,534
Oil painting (83 x 100 cm)
Faust et fleur
Faust et fleur
$548
Acrylic painting (40 x 60 cm)
Pygmalion (vénus)
Pygmalion (vénus)
$931
Mixed media (50 x 120 cm)
Coup de coeur
Coup de coeur
$1,096
Acrylic painting (90 x 83 cm)
Souvenirs de la mare
Souvenirs de la mare
$1,424
Oil painting (84 x 99 cm)
Bonobos
Bonobos
$931
Mixed media (50 x 115 cm)
L'arbre du père
L'arbre du père
$2,136
Oil painting (100 x 70 cm)
Personnage théâtral III
Personnage théâtral III
$5,478
Acrylic painting (100 x 100 cm)
The night companions
The night companions
$1,096
Acrylic painting (60 x 80 cm)
Dans les nues (présences)
Dans les nues (présences)
$876
Oil painting (50 x 61 cm)
3 goélands
3 goélands
$1,096
Oil painting (80 x 50 cm)
Adoration
Adoration
$3,314
Acrylic painting (40 x 89 cm)
A la rencontre de moi-même
A la rencontre de moi-même
$3,944
Acrylic painting (89 x 116 cm)
It's time to wake up, alice!
It's time to wake up, alice!
$1,315
Oil painting (100 x 80 cm)
Un singe au pays des fabuland
Un singe au pays des fabuland
$931
Mixed media (50 x 115 cm)
Ecce homo
Ecce homo
$931
Mixed media (50 x 105 cm)
The platform
The platform
$1,041
Acrylic painting (60 x 80 cm)
Le quai du styx
Le quai du styx
$4,273
Oil painting (100 x 73 cm)
Apparition
Apparition
$822
Oil painting (41 x 33 cm)
E934 - metamorphoses
E934 - metamorphoses
$548
Mixed media (30 x 42 cm)
Ode aux oiseaux 1
Ode aux oiseaux 1
$2,033
Mixed media (53 x 200 cm)
New 5
New 5
$1,424
Oil painting (37 x 46 cm)
Hymne à la pythie
Hymne à la pythie
$1,753
Acrylic painting (60 x 80 cm)
Vendredi
Vendredi
$460
Mixed media (30 x 40 cm)
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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 in 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 was born.

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