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Nike
Nike
$5,876
Acrylic painting (81 x 130 cm)
Duo noir et blanc 4
Duo noir et blanc 4
$712
Mixed media (51 x 39 cm)
L'homme temple
L'homme temple
$3,977
Acrylic painting (60 x 74 cm)
Chercher la trace
Chercher la trace
$712
Oil painting (50 x 40 cm)
Sagittaire signe du feu sacré
Sagittaire signe du feu sacré
$2,374
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
The dude (the big lebowski)
The dude (the big lebowski)
$950
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
Le cri (03)
Le cri (03)
$1,899
Acrylic painting (73 x 92 cm)
Black swan
Black swan
$3,205
Acrylic painting (50 x 65 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 12)
The soul of a man (numéro 12)
$2,137
Acrylic painting (73 x 100 cm)
Somnium
Somnium
$2,077
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
The green castle
The green castle
$1,187
Acrylic painting (60 x 80 cm)
Dans la lumière
Dans la lumière
$2,368
Oil painting (80 x 128 cm)
Polyphème
Polyphème
$3,205
Acrylic painting (65 x 50 cm)
Passerelle
Passerelle
$1,781
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
Réflexion X
Réflexion X
$629
Mixed media (40 x 40 cm)
Terre d'écarlate
Terre d'écarlate
$2,968
Mixed media (100 x 100 cm)
Le serpent attend il a tout son temps
Le serpent attend il a tout son temps
$1,128
Mixed media (88 x 68 cm)
Die henkerin
Die henkerin
$1,187
Mixed media (35 x 65 cm)
Saisir l'instant
Saisir l'instant
$1,662
Oil painting (54 x 65 cm)
The shield
The shield
$772
Mixed media (23 x 47 cm)
Respiration
Respiration
$1,543
Mixed media (65 x 81 cm)
L’oiseau et la sorcière
L’oiseau et la sorcière
$2,612
Acrylic painting (80 x 100 cm)
Tharsile ou le piètre entendement
Tharsile ou le piètre entendement
$1,781
Oil painting (46 x 38 cm)
L'abîme est bordé de hautes demeures
L'abîme est bordé de hautes demeures
$4,630
Oil painting (80 x 80 cm)
Le chêne
Le chêne
$985
Oil painting (68 x 97 cm)
Annonciation en blue velvet
Annonciation en blue velvet
$1,187
Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
Noyés dans l'absurde 2008-284
Noyés dans l'absurde 2008-284
$3,324
Oil painting (89 x 116 cm)
Le parc
Le parc
$2,730
Mixed media (89 x 116 cm)
Les métamorphoses VII / metamorphoses VII / metamorphosen VII
Les métamorphoses VII / metamorphoses VII / metamorphosen VII
$1,994
Acrylic painting (73 x 92 cm)
Le vieil éléphant
Le vieil éléphant
$7,111
Oil painting (116 x 89 cm)
La femme au tiroir
La femme au tiroir
$4,392
Acrylic painting (100 x 100 cm)
Vocation de nos atomes 2008-294
Vocation de nos atomes 2008-294
$2,849
Oil painting (89 x 116 cm)
C corner
C corner
$3,799
Acrylic painting (90 x 90 cm)
Justice grillo (02)
Justice grillo (02)
$3,680
Acrylic painting (97 x 130 cm)
The cool ride
The cool ride
$1,009
Mixed media (63 x 48 cm)
Convoitise
Convoitise
$2,362
Acrylic painting (81 x 116 cm)
L'arbre du père
L'arbre du père
$2,315
Oil painting (100 x 70 cm)
Luna park
Luna park
$2,256
Acrylic painting (130 x 97 cm)
Patience
Patience
$1,781
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
Sagesse sauvage
Sagesse sauvage
$3,205
Acrylic painting (50 x 65 cm)
Expectation
Expectation
$748
Mixed media (29 x 29 cm)
La vie est belle (malgré tout)
La vie est belle (malgré tout)
$1,009
Acrylic painting (93 x 80 cm)
Hora n°01
Hora n°01
$641
Mixed media (16 x 22 cm)
Le verbe aimer (moi je le peins)
Le verbe aimer (moi je le peins)
$2,968
Acrylic painting (134 x 150 cm)
Guernica vision II
Guernica vision II
$712
Acrylic painting (46 x 55 cm)
La cathédrale n°4
La cathédrale n°4
$831
Acrylic painting (54 x 54 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 03)
The soul of a man (numéro 03)
$950
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
La marche du progrès
La marche du progrès
$1,899
Mixed media (55 x 75 cm)
La maison du grand nord
La maison du grand nord
$594
Acrylic painting (42 x 30 cm)
Welcome to heaven
Welcome to heaven
$712
Acrylic painting (50 x 50 cm)
Notte
Notte
$594
Mixed media (30 x 30 cm)
Per sempre?
Per sempre?
$4,274
Mixed media (75 x 130 cm)
The waitress and the monster
The waitress and the monster
$3,324
Acrylic painting (80 x 60 cm)
Bianca
Bianca
$3,324
Acrylic painting (80 x 120 cm)
Les sœurs de Gabrielle
Les sœurs de Gabrielle
$1,425
Mixed media (66 x 44 cm)
Une ombre dans mes souvenirs II
Une ombre dans mes souvenirs II
$1,994
Mixed media (73 x 92 cm)
Viscéral
Viscéral
$2,256
Acrylic painting (75 x 115 cm)
Chroniques martiennes
Chroniques martiennes
$594
Acrylic painting (50 x 40 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 07)
The soul of a man (numéro 07)
$2,374
Acrylic painting (81 x 100 cm)
Sauge de jérusalem 2008-293
Sauge de jérusalem 2008-293
$2,849
Oil painting (89 x 116 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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