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Guernica vision II
Guernica vision II
$607
Acrylic painting (46 x 55 cm)
La terre, qu'elle est belle
La terre, qu'elle est belle
$2,657
Acrylic painting (100 x 120 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 12)
The soul of a man (numéro 12)
$1,724
Acrylic painting (73 x 100 cm)
Silent suits
Silent suits
$651
Mixed media (42 x 55 cm)
New yorker
New yorker
$867
Acrylic painting (48 x 63 cm)
Le vieil ange et l'oiseau
Le vieil ange et l'oiseau
$726
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
Faust et fleur
Faust et fleur
$542
Acrylic painting (40 x 60 cm)
Toi, tu creuses (le Clint à Sad hill)
Toi, tu creuses (le Clint à Sad hill)
$726
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 07)
The soul of a man (numéro 07)
$1,908
Acrylic painting (81 x 100 cm)
The king
The king
$390
Acrylic painting (20 x 80 cm)
Saisir l'instant
Saisir l'instant
$1,518
Oil painting (54 x 65 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 03)
The soul of a man (numéro 03)
$726
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
Luna park
Luna park
$2,060
Acrylic painting (130 x 97 cm)
Métamorphose
Métamorphose
$672
Mixed media (50 x 40 cm)
The King's Speech
The King's Speech
$6,723
Mixed media (240 x 200 cm)
The night companions
The night companions
$867
Acrylic painting (60 x 80 cm)
Meditation
Meditation
$412
Acrylic painting (38 x 46 cm)
Limite
Limite
$1,518
Acrylic painting (73 x 100 cm)
Passerelle
Passerelle
$1,626
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
En chaque adulte sommeille un enfant
En chaque adulte sommeille un enfant
$1,583
Acrylic painting (73 x 92 cm)
Pigs
Pigs
$7,048
Acrylic painting (250 x 175 cm)
Crucifixion
Crucifixion
$412
Acrylic painting (38 x 46 cm)
La grande vague de kanagawa -remix
La grande vague de kanagawa -remix
$2,494
Acrylic painting (92 x 92 cm)
Homme aux gros bras
Homme aux gros bras
$2,602
Mixed media (89 x 116 cm)
Transformation
Transformation
$2,494
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
La femme au tiroir
La femme au tiroir
$3,578
Acrylic painting (100 x 100 cm)
Sauge de jérusalem 2008-293
Sauge de jérusalem 2008-293
$2,602
Oil painting (89 x 116 cm)
Monde sous-marin
Monde sous-marin
$528
Oil painting (46 x 38 cm)
Le vieil éléphant
Le vieil éléphant
$5,313
Oil painting (116 x 90 cm)
Chevalier pôle nord
Chevalier pôle nord
$3,144
Mixed media (120 x 160 cm)
The big laugh
The big laugh
$6,614
Acrylic painting (210 x 120 cm)
The man with the red face
The man with the red face
$271
Mixed media (24 x 30 cm)
E934 - metamorphoses
E934 - metamorphoses
$542
Mixed media (30 x 42 cm)
Pygmalion (vénus)
Pygmalion (vénus)
$922
Mixed media (50 x 120 cm)
Mini vuitton
Mini vuitton
$922
Mixed media (25 x 25 cm)
Hymne à la pythie
Hymne à la pythie
$1,735
Acrylic painting (60 x 80 cm)
Le chapelier toqué
Le chapelier toqué
$542
Acrylic painting (40 x 60 cm)
Des diamants sur le chemin
Des diamants sur le chemin
$705
Mixed media (50 x 60 cm)
Tombent les hommes passent les rouge-queues
Tombent les hommes passent les rouge-queues
$1,735
Oil painting (106 x 134 cm)
Souvenirs de la mare
Souvenirs de la mare
$1,410
Oil painting (84 x 99 cm)
Chercher la trace
Chercher la trace
$651
Oil painting (50 x 40 cm)
Intrusion
Intrusion
$1,518
Acrylic painting (73 x 100 cm)
Mona lisa recycled
Mona lisa recycled
$976
Mixed media (40 x 45 cm)
3 goélands
3 goélands
$1,084
Oil painting (80 x 50 cm)
Bkk200
Bkk200
$1,084
Acrylic painting (66 x 46 cm)
Nombrilisme – fin
Nombrilisme – fin
$542
Acrylic painting (89 x 116 cm)
New 5
New 5
$1,410
Oil painting (37 x 46 cm)
Annonciation en blue velvet
Annonciation en blue velvet
$1,084
Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
Nombriliste
Nombriliste
$651
Acrylic painting (81 x 116 cm)
Homo ludens
Homo ludens
$976
Acrylic painting (30 x 30 cm)
Apparition
Apparition
$813
Oil painting (41 x 33 cm)
Dans les nues (présences)
Dans les nues (présences)
$867
Oil painting (50 x 61 cm)
Ecce homo
Ecce homo
$922
Mixed media (50 x 105 cm)
Muse regardant le monde terrestre
Muse regardant le monde terrestre
$1,626
Mixed media (60 x 80 cm)
La tête dans la boîte à crayons
La tête dans la boîte à crayons
$304
Acrylic painting (40 x 40 cm)
Jour blanc
Jour blanc
$369
Oil painting (40 x 30 cm)
Le vide
Le vide
$434
Oil painting (40 x 50 cm)
Playskool
Playskool
$4,879
Mixed media (140 x 140 cm)
"libre"
"libre"
$217
Acrylic painting (30 x 30 cm)
Le macime sec .
Le macime sec .
$163
Watercolour (20 x 12 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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