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Là-haut
Là-haut
$1,766
Mixed media (60 x 60 cm)
The shield
The shield
$765
Mixed media (23 x 47 cm)
La chambre mystérieuse
La chambre mystérieuse
$2,355
Oil painting (47 x 57 cm)
Noyés dans l'absurde 2008-284
Noyés dans l'absurde 2008-284
$3,297
Oil painting (89 x 116 cm)
Le cri (03)
Le cri (03)
$1,884
Acrylic painting (73 x 92 cm)
Astrée
Astrée
$2,650
Acrylic painting (40 x 50 cm)
Disparition IV
Disparition IV
$2,944
Mixed media (89 x 116 cm)
Le verbe aimer (moi je le peins)
Le verbe aimer (moi je le peins)
$2,944
Acrylic painting (134 x 150 cm)
Dans le slip de toto
Dans le slip de toto
$8,596
Acrylic painting (120 x 100 cm)
Le temple
Le temple
$4,710
Oil painting (195 x 130 cm)
Raviolis & soda
Raviolis & soda
$3,415
Acrylic painting (90 x 90 cm)
Réflexion X
Réflexion X
$624
Mixed media (40 x 40 cm)
Sagittaire signe du feu sacré
Sagittaire signe du feu sacré
$2,355
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
Duo noir et blanc 5
Duo noir et blanc 5
$707
Mixed media (52 x 39 cm)
A new day dawns
A new day dawns
$707
Mixed media (30 x 48 cm)
Homme avec enfant et figurine
Homme avec enfant et figurine
$471
Mixed media (24 x 34 cm)
Free colors
Free colors
$3,297
Acrylic painting (100 x 100 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 03)
The soul of a man (numéro 03)
$942
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
The one
The one
$3,768
Mixed media (120 x 80 cm)
Die henkerin
Die henkerin
$1,178
Mixed media (35 x 65 cm)
Le vieil éléphant
Le vieil éléphant
$8,055
Oil painting (116 x 89 cm)
New 1
New 1
$2,944
Mixed media (60 x 80 cm)
Une petite âme
Une petite âme
$1,342
Oil painting (67 x 97 cm)
Va vers toi 2012-312
Va vers toi 2012-312
$2,944
Acrylic painting (146 x 60 cm)
Le fil du temps
Le fil du temps
$942
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
Les métamorphoses III
Les métamorphoses III
$1,978
Acrylic painting (73 x 92 cm)
Le regard des autres
Le regard des autres
$942
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
Nike
Nike
$5,829
Acrylic painting (81 x 130 cm)
Homme aux gros bras
Homme aux gros bras
$3,121
Mixed media (89 x 116 cm)
L'homme temple
L'homme temple
$3,945
Acrylic painting (60 x 74 cm)
Métascène n.8
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Métascène n.8
$1,319
Oil painting (70 x 70 cm)
Brave new world
Brave new world
$1,001
Mixed media (50 x 40 cm)
Chroniques martiennes
Chroniques martiennes
$589
Acrylic painting (50 x 40 cm)
Jimi Hendrix ☆ voodoochild portrait
Jimi Hendrix ☆ voodoochild portrait
$353
Acrylic painting (33 x 41 cm)
Viscéral
Viscéral
$1,413
Acrylic painting (75 x 115 cm)
La marche du progrès
La marche du progrès
$1,884
Mixed media (55 x 75 cm)
The dude (the big lebowski)
The dude (the big lebowski)
$942
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
Stoned
Stoned
$1,649
Mixed media (45 x 80 cm)
Au delà du regard 670-2021
Au delà du regard 670-2021
$1,119
Acrylic painting (50 x 50 cm)
Sauge de jérusalem 2008-293
Sauge de jérusalem 2008-293
$2,826
Oil painting (89 x 116 cm)
Dissimulation II
Dissimulation II
$3,650
Mixed media (130 x 97 cm)
Vocation de nos atomes 2008-294
Vocation de nos atomes 2008-294
$2,826
Oil painting (89 x 116 cm)
Dionysos
Dionysos
$2,237
Acrylic painting (60 x 73 cm)
Cavalcade
Cavalcade
$2,355
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
Les sœurs de Gabrielle
Les sœurs de Gabrielle
$1,413
Mixed media (66 x 44 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 09)
The soul of a man (numéro 09)
$2,355
Acrylic painting (81 x 100 cm)
Le songe des spectres
Le songe des spectres
$1,531
Oil painting (65 x 90 cm)
Black swan
Black swan
$3,179
Acrylic painting (50 x 65 cm)
En chaque adulte sommeille un enfant
En chaque adulte sommeille un enfant
$1,884
Acrylic painting (73 x 92 cm)
Deux jardiniers
Deux jardiniers
$1,884
Oil painting (80 x 100 cm)
La femme au tiroir
La femme au tiroir
$4,357
Acrylic painting (100 x 100 cm)
The dreamer (02)
The dreamer (02)
$1,531
Acrylic painting (65 x 81 cm)
Bacchanale 01
Bacchanale 01
$824
Mixed media (50 x 65 cm)
Terre d'écarlate
Terre d'écarlate
$2,944
Mixed media (100 x 100 cm)
La thérapie
La thérapie
$1,413
Oil painting (120 x 60 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 07)
The soul of a man (numéro 07)
$2,355
Acrylic painting (81 x 100 cm)
Passerelle
Passerelle
$1,766
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
The green castle
The green castle
$1,178
Acrylic painting (60 x 80 cm)
Mindscape
Mindscape
$2,120
Mixed media (80 x 60 cm)
The dwelling in the sky
The dwelling in the sky
$2,355
Acrylic painting (120 x 80 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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