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L’oiseau et la sorcière
L’oiseau et la sorcière
$2,598
Acrylic painting (80 x 100 cm)
Véranda II
Véranda II
$3,189
Acrylic painting (120 x 100 cm)
Passerelle
Passerelle
$1,772
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
Viscéral
Viscéral
$2,244
Acrylic painting (75 x 115 cm)
Duo noir et blanc 5
Duo noir et blanc 5
$709
Mixed media (52 x 39 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 07)
The soul of a man (numéro 07)
$2,126
Acrylic painting (81 x 100 cm)
Poussière
Poussière
$3,543
Mixed media (100 x 120 cm)
Respiration
Respiration
$1,535
Mixed media (65 x 81 cm)
Die henkerin
Die henkerin
$1,181
Mixed media (35 x 65 cm)
Convoitise
Convoitise
$2,350
Acrylic painting (81 x 116 cm)
Le chêne
Le chêne
$980
Oil painting (68 x 97 cm)
La marche du progrès
La marche du progrès
$1,890
Mixed media (55 x 75 cm)
Bianca
Bianca
$3,307
Acrylic painting (80 x 120 cm)
The one
The one
$3,779
Mixed media (120 x 80 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 09)
The soul of a man (numéro 09)
$2,126
Acrylic painting (81 x 100 cm)
Notte
Notte
$591
Mixed media (30 x 30 cm)
Sauge de jérusalem 2008-293
Sauge de jérusalem 2008-293
$2,834
Oil painting (89 x 116 cm)
L'arbre jaune
L'arbre jaune
$1,890
Mixed media (50 x 70 cm)
The green castle
The green castle
$1,181
Acrylic painting (60 x 80 cm)
The dwelling in the sky
The dwelling in the sky
$2,362
Acrylic painting (120 x 80 cm)
Terre d'écarlate
Terre d'écarlate
$2,953
Mixed media (100 x 100 cm)
Raviolis & soda
Raviolis & soda
$3,425
Acrylic painting (90 x 90 cm)
Luna park
Luna park
$2,244
Acrylic painting (130 x 97 cm)
Limite
Limite
$1,653
Acrylic painting (73 x 100 cm)
The waitress and the monster
The waitress and the monster
$3,307
Acrylic painting (80 x 60 cm)
Saisir l'instant
Saisir l'instant
$1,653
Oil painting (54 x 65 cm)
L'arbre du père
L'arbre du père
$2,303
Oil painting (100 x 70 cm)
Chercher la trace
Chercher la trace
$709
Oil painting (50 x 40 cm)
Vivre² (réalité augmentée)
Vivre² (réalité augmentée)
$1,063
Mixed media (40 x 60 cm)
Le vieil éléphant
Le vieil éléphant
$8,078
Oil painting (116 x 90 cm)
Tsarachronique
Tsarachronique
$7,972
Acrylic painting (60 x 80 cm)
The King's Speech
The King's Speech
$7,322
Mixed media (240 x 200 cm)
Pigs
Pigs
$7,677
Acrylic painting (250 x 175 cm)
No fun for the daughter
No fun for the daughter
$7,972
Acrylic painting (60 x 80 cm)
La femme au tiroir
La femme au tiroir
$4,370
Acrylic painting (100 x 100 cm)
La petite vendeuse
La petite vendeuse
$1,890
Acrylic painting (80 x 120 cm)
Patience
Patience
$1,772
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
Faust et fleur
Faust et fleur
$591
Acrylic painting (40 x 60 cm)
Ice breaker
Ice breaker
$2,244
Acrylic painting (80 x 120 cm)
Souvenirs de la mare
Souvenirs de la mare
$1,535
Oil painting (84 x 99 cm)
Noyés dans l'absurde 2008-284
Noyés dans l'absurde 2008-284
$3,307
Oil painting (89 x 116 cm)
Branches
Branches
$1,653
Oil painting (89 x 90 cm)
Les marques
Les marques
$2,598
Oil painting (100 x 119 cm)
Schnacka
Schnacka
$2,244
Acrylic painting (71 x 86 cm)
La cliente
La cliente
$1,890
Acrylic painting (80 x 120 cm)
Future street
Future street
$2,362
Oil painting (80 x 130 cm)
Evasion (réalité augmentée)
Evasion (réalité augmentée)
$945
Mixed media (40 x 60 cm)
Nombriliste
Nombriliste
$709
Acrylic painting (81 x 116 cm)
Mon ange
Mon ange
$1,772
Oil painting (48 x 62 cm)
Ce vélo ne va pas pédaler tout seul (réalité augmentée)
Ce vélo ne va pas pédaler tout seul (réalité augmentée)
$768
Watercolour (21 x 30 cm)
Natureza
Natureza
$709
Acrylic painting (70 x 70 cm)
Valse minute
Valse minute
$1,772
Acrylic painting (100 x 100 cm)
Repriser gaïa
Repriser gaïa
$1,181
Acrylic painting (70 x 90 cm)
Chroniques martiennes
Chroniques martiennes
$591
Acrylic painting (50 x 40 cm)
Le chapelier toqué
Le chapelier toqué
$591
Acrylic painting (40 x 60 cm)
Mini vuitton
Mini vuitton
$1,417
Mixed media (25 x 25 cm)
Jartolotl (réalité augmentée)
Jartolotl (réalité augmentée)
$886
Watercolour (29 x 38 cm)
Galaktikart
Galaktikart
$3,071
Mixed media (65 x 81 cm)
E934 - metamorphoses
E934 - metamorphoses
$591
Mixed media (30 x 42 cm)
New 5
New 5
$1,535
Oil painting (37 x 46 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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