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Surrealist paintings

KAZoART, the online art gallery presents paintings inspired by the Surrealist movement, based on the expression and exploration of our thoughts and subconscious. Surrealism mixes humor, poetry, hybridization, satire and the untoward in pleasingly figurative canvas. 

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Antony Squizzato - Prise de têtes
Antony Squizzato
Acrylic painting
46 x 55 cm
$1,779
Paxal - Quand je n'ai pas de bleu je mets du rouge
Paxal
Acrylic painting
100 x 100 cm
$5,489
EVIAL - The soul of a man (numéro 07)
EVIAL
Acrylic painting
81 x 100 cm
$1,830
Sophie Garapon - Bateau jaune et bleu
Oil painting
50 x 50 cm
$325
Elsa EGON - Woman at sea
Elsa EGON
Oil painting
90 x 90 cm
$2,744
Tom Sam - Deux jardiniers
Tom Sam
Oil painting
80 x 100 cm
$1,626
Sophie Garapon - Un temps suspendu
Oil painting
50 x 70 cm
$407
Giacomo Muscolino - Métascène n.8
Giacomo Muscolino
Oil painting
70 x 70 cm
$1,138
Sophie Garapon - Dans la lumière
Oil painting
80 x 128 cm
$2,028
Olivier de Géa - Je vois le monde #3
Acrylic painting
23 x 34 cm
$457
Dôle - The man with the red face
Mixed media
24 x 30 cm
$254
Sophie Garapon - Ode à la nature
Oil painting
68 x 97 cm
$844
Célia Debras - Magical midnight
Mixed media
76 x 90 cm
$2,379
François Pagé - La paysage s’étendait sans fin comme dans un tableau du lorrain.
François Pagé
Oil painting
81 x 100 cm
$2,440
Liz Mosa - La déesse des déesses
Acrylic painting
120 x 80 cm
$1,626
Mr Zion - Smile
Mixed media
80 x 80 cm
$1,423
Véronique Tiberge - Chien
Mixed media
50 x 60 cm
$691
Pascal Marlin - Duo noir et blanc 3
Pascal Marlin
Mixed media
51 x 39 cm
$457
Cécile Duchêne-Malissin - Disparition IV
Cécile Duchêne-Malissin
Mixed media
89 x 116 x 2 cm
$2,541
Olivier de Géa - Je vois le monde #2
Acrylic painting
23 x 34 cm
$457
Liz Mosa - Les déesses enchantées
Mixed media
80 x 80 cm
$1,728
Pascal Marlin - Homme aux gros bras
Pascal Marlin
Mixed media
89 x 116 cm
$2,541
Elodie Ef - Soigne
Acrylic painting
27 x 19 cm
$610
Louise Fritsch - Sauge de jérusalem 2008-293
Louise Fritsch
Oil painting
89 x 116 cm
$5,489
Louise Fritsch - Gnos dloc eht 2013-371
Louise Fritsch
Oil painting
360 x 100 cm
$22,362
Pascal Marlin - Homme avec enfant et figurine
Pascal Marlin
Mixed media
24 x 30 cm
$356
Sophie Garapon - Le chêne
Oil painting
68 x 97 cm
$844
Louise Fritsch - Au delà du regard 670-2021
Louise Fritsch
Acrylic painting
50 x 50 cm
$1,525
Pascal Marlin - Monsieur m. regarde le ciel
Pascal Marlin
Mixed media
130 x 195 cm
$6,099
Emilie Lagarde - Chercher la trace
Emilie Lagarde
Oil painting
50 x 40 cm
$610
Marie-Rose Borrego - Dionysos
Acrylic painting
60 x 73 cm
$1,931
Pascal Marlin - Enfant de rose et d'ombre
Pascal Marlin
Mixed media
46 x 61 cm
$661
Arnaud Martin - L'arrivée
Mixed media
69 x 112 cm
$2,643
Alex Saman - Mia
Alex Saman
Acrylic painting
80 x 120 cm
$1,830
Jæn - Vivre² (réalité augmentée)
Mixed media
40 x 60 cm
$6,099
Anne Bidaut - Course
Mixed media
66 x 53 cm
$508
Cécile Duchêne-Malissin - Une ombre dans mes souvenirs IV
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Cécile Duchêne-Malissin
Mixed media
73 x 92 x 2 cm
$1,789
Stéphane Cattaneo - Limbes galantes
Stéphane Cattaneo
Mixed media
100 x 80 cm
$4,320
Louise Fritsch - Va vers toi 2012-312
Louise Fritsch
Acrylic painting
146 x 60 cm
$4,574
Marta Grassi - Voyage intérieur
Marta Grassi
Oil painting
80 x 80 cm
$1,626
Louise Fritsch - Noyés dans l'absurde 2008-284
Louise Fritsch
Oil painting
89 x 116 cm
$5,489
Alex Saman - The dwelling in the sky
Alex Saman
Acrylic painting
120 x 80 cm
$1,830
Fabien Delaube - Fleurs 9
Fabien Delaube
Oil painting
80 x 80 cm
$2,643
db Waterman - Girl wandering
db Waterman
Mixed media
30 x 48 cm
$610
Georges DUMAS - Les Sœurs de Gabrielle
Georges DUMAS
Mixed media
66 x 44 x 2 cm
$1,321
Aura - Ego
Oil painting
70 x 50 cm
$610
Sophie Garapon - Une petite âme
Oil painting
67 x 97 cm
$1,159
Georges DUMAS - Non Temere
Georges DUMAS
Mixed media
100 x 100 x 2 cm
$4,066
Georges DUMAS - Ajourements II
Georges DUMAS
Mixed media
40 x 70 x 2 cm
$1,321
FLO - Monde sous-marin
Oil painting
46 x 38 cm
$407
EVIAL - Dancing with my shadow
EVIAL
Acrylic painting
73 x 92 cm
$1,525
Bernard Fièvre - Le lanceur d'alertes
Bernard Fièvre
Oil painting
80 x 80 cm
$3,964
Pascal Marlin - Drôle d'oiseau 23
Pascal Marlin
Mixed media
14 x 21 cm
$152
Romaric Chachay - Pygmalion (Vénus)
Mixed media
50 x 120 cm
$864
Bernard Fièvre - La descente de l'esprit ou essai clinique d'un transhumanisme à visage humain
Bernard Fièvre
Oil painting
100 x 50 cm
$2,541
François Pagé - John venait de lire son dernier sms : un mot et tout est sauvé, un mot et tout est perdu. a.b.
François Pagé
Oil painting
60 x 30 cm
$1,016

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 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 and surrealism painting was born.

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