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Le cri (03)
Le cri (03)
$1,924
Acrylic painting (73 x 92 cm)
La cathédrale n°4
La cathédrale n°4
$842
Acrylic painting (54 x 54 cm)
Va vers toi 2012-312
Va vers toi 2012-312
$3,007
Acrylic painting (146 x 60 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 03)
The soul of a man (numéro 03)
$962
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
New 1
New 1
$3,007
Mixed media (60 x 80 cm)
Guernica vision II
Guernica vision II
$722
Acrylic painting (46 x 55 cm)
Annonciation en blue velvet
Annonciation en blue velvet
$1,203
Oil painting (100 x 100 cm)
Le verbe aimer (moi je le peins)
Le verbe aimer (moi je le peins)
$3,007
Acrylic painting (134 x 150 cm)
Terre d'écarlate
Terre d'écarlate
$3,007
Mixed media (100 x 100 cm)
Astrée
Astrée
$2,706
Acrylic painting (40 x 50 cm)
Noyés dans l'absurde 2008-284
Noyés dans l'absurde 2008-284
$3,368
Oil painting (89 x 116 cm)
Polyphème
Polyphème
$3,248
Acrylic painting (65 x 50 cm)
Mindscape
Mindscape
$2,165
Mixed media (80 x 60 cm)
Sauge de jérusalem 2008-293
Sauge de jérusalem 2008-293
$2,887
Oil painting (89 x 116 cm)
Feed me
Feed me
$3,248
Acrylic painting (50 x 65 cm)
Métamorphose
Métamorphose
$746
Mixed media (50 x 40 cm)
Pigs
Pigs
$7,818
Acrylic painting (250 x 175 cm)
Déesse éveillée
Déesse éveillée
$1,684
Mixed media (70 x 90 cm)
Carpe diem
Carpe diem
$962
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
Le bain de minuit
Le bain de minuit
$2,766
Acrylic painting (81 x 116 cm)
Saisir l'instant
Saisir l'instant
$1,684
Oil painting (54 x 65 cm)
The shield
The shield
$782
Mixed media (23 x 47 cm)
Femme assise et poisson-chat
Femme assise et poisson-chat
$1,491
Oil painting (70 x 87 cm)
Pietà 2014-455
Pietà 2014-455
$7,097
Oil painting (62 x 62 cm)
Le regard des autres
Le regard des autres
$962
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
Per sempre?
Per sempre?
$4,330
Mixed media (75 x 130 cm)
Raviolis & soda
Raviolis & soda
$3,488
Acrylic painting (90 x 90 cm)
Somnium
Somnium
$2,105
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
The dreamer (02)
The dreamer (02)
$1,564
Acrylic painting (65 x 81 cm)
Les sœurs de Gabrielle
Les sœurs de Gabrielle
$1,443
Mixed media (66 x 44 cm)
Tsarachronique
Tsarachronique
$8,119
Acrylic painting (60 x 80 cm)
La femme au tiroir
La femme au tiroir
$4,450
Acrylic painting (100 x 100 cm)
Disparition II
Disparition II
$722
Mixed media (38 x 56 cm)
Tharsile ou le piètre entendement
Tharsile ou le piètre entendement
$1,804
Oil painting (46 x 38 cm)
L'arbre jaune
L'arbre jaune
$1,924
Mixed media (50 x 70 cm)
Bateau jaune et bleu
Bateau jaune et bleu
$385
Oil painting (50 x 50 cm)
Ode à la nature
Ode à la nature
$998
Oil painting (68 x 97 cm)
Bianca
Bianca
$3,368
Acrylic painting (80 x 120 cm)
The waitress and the monster
The waitress and the monster
$3,368
Acrylic painting (80 x 60 cm)
The man with the red face
The man with the red face
$301
Mixed media (24 x 30 cm)
Minerve XVII - athena sedula
Minerve XVII - athena sedula
$2,646
Oil painting (68 x 180 cm)
Ariadne
Ariadne
$3,248
Acrylic painting (50 x 60 cm)
La petite vendeuse
La petite vendeuse
$1,924
Acrylic painting (80 x 120 cm)
Perséphone 1
Perséphone 1
$2,706
Acrylic painting (40 x 50 cm)
Captured
Captured
$842
Mixed media (74 x 48 cm)
Lévitation
Lévitation
$1,684
Acrylic painting (73 x 100 cm)
Portrait vert
Portrait vert
$361
Oil painting (33 x 41 cm)
Bluekiss (grand format)
Bluekiss (grand format)
$6,014
Mixed media (116 x 90 cm)
Conte d'hiver
Conte d'hiver
$1,052
Mixed media (60 x 60 cm)
Wedding
Wedding
$1,083
Mixed media (30 x 30 cm)
Vénus
Vénus
$3,248
Acrylic painting (50 x 60 cm)
Meditation
Meditation
$481
Acrylic painting (38 x 46 cm)
Les pirates
Les pirates
$3,007
Oil painting (195 x 97 cm)
Flux
Flux
$1,443
Mixed media (68 x 96 cm)
Schnacka
Schnacka
$2,285
Acrylic painting (71 x 86 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 10)
The soul of a man (numéro 10)
$2,406
Acrylic painting (81 x 100 cm)
Le taureau
Le taureau
$2,165
Acrylic painting (73 x 100 cm)
Ciel nuageux 2
Ciel nuageux 2
$1,143
Oil painting (105 x 81 cm)
Ce vélo ne va pas pédaler tout seul (réalité augmentée)
Ce vélo ne va pas pédaler tout seul (réalité augmentée)
$782
Watercolour (21 x 30 cm)
Noyés dans l'absurde 2008-284
Noyés dans l'absurde 2008-284
$3,368
Oil painting (89 x 116 cm)

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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