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Lu
Lu
$192
Watercolour (13 x 18 cm)
Je te vois 2
Je te vois 2
$337
Mixed media (50 x 70 cm)
Le passage du poète
Le passage du poète
$337
Acrylic painting (40 x 40 cm)
Isabel viendo llover en macondo
Isabel viendo llover en macondo
$337
Acrylic painting (40 x 40 cm)
"puzzle"
"puzzle"
$241
Acrylic painting (30 x 30 cm)
Jeune fille aux magnolias
Jeune fille aux magnolias
$265
Mixed media (24 x 30 cm)
Le macime sec .
Le macime sec .
$180
Watercolour (20 x 12 cm)
Je te vois - 4
Je te vois - 4
$481
Acrylic painting (30 x 50 cm)
Duo noir et blanc 3
Duo noir et blanc 3
$722
Mixed media (51 x 39 cm)
Le serpent attend il a tout son temps
Le serpent attend il a tout son temps
$1,143
Mixed media (88 x 68 cm)
The man with the red face
The man with the red face
$301
Mixed media (24 x 30 cm)
Enez hir
Enez hir
$361
Acrylic painting (50 x 40 cm)
Dîner en ville
Dîner en ville
$3,548
Acrylic painting (150 x 100 cm)
Conte d'hiver
Conte d'hiver
$1,052
Mixed media (60 x 60 cm)
Les pirates
Les pirates
$3,007
Oil painting (195 x 97 cm)
Hot lava
Hot lava
$1,022
Mixed media (49 x 39 cm)
Réflection 5
Réflection 5
$2,165
Mixed media (100 x 100 cm)
Due
Due
$601
Mixed media (24 x 30 cm)
Jeux d'enfant - le trophée
Jeux d'enfant - le trophée
$2,646
Mixed media (80 x 120 cm)
La petite fille au ballon
La petite fille au ballon
$5,004
Oil painting (80 x 80 cm)
Le règne des casoars
Le règne des casoars
$5,004
Oil painting (80 x 80 cm)
Le quai du styx
Le quai du styx
$4,691
Oil painting (100 x 73 cm)
Wedding
Wedding
$1,083
Mixed media (30 x 30 cm)
Perséphone 1
Perséphone 1
$2,706
Acrylic painting (40 x 50 cm)
Ely
Ely
$3,368
Acrylic painting (80 x 120 cm)
The diesel kraken
The diesel kraken
$962
Acrylic painting (60 x 80 cm)
Sans titre
Sans titre
$650
Acrylic painting (16 x 22 cm)
Sans titre n°4
Sans titre n°4
$650
Mixed media (16 x 22 cm)
Chercher le garçon
Chercher le garçon
$9,262
Acrylic painting (160 x 300 cm)
Léa
Léa
$3,248
Acrylic painting (50 x 60 cm)
Le lanceur d'alertes
Le lanceur d'alertes
$4,691
Oil painting (80 x 80 cm)
La petite vendeuse
La petite vendeuse
$1,924
Acrylic painting (80 x 120 cm)
Les marques
Les marques
$2,646
Oil painting (100 x 119 cm)
La descente de l'esprit ou essai clinique d'un transhumanisme à visage humain
La descente de l'esprit ou essai clinique d'un transhumanisme à visage humain
$3,488
Oil painting (100 x 50 cm)
Respiration V
Respiration V
$3,608
Mixed media (100 x 120 cm)
Natureza
Natureza
$722
Acrylic painting (70 x 70 cm)
Samouraï (04)
Samouraï (04)
$962
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
La cliente
La cliente
$1,924
Acrylic painting (80 x 120 cm)
Pénélope (the wait)
Pénélope (the wait)
$10,825
Acrylic painting (130 x 195 cm)
Erosion
Erosion
$1,684
Oil painting (83 x 100 cm)
Dancing with my shadow
Dancing with my shadow
$1,924
Acrylic painting (73 x 92 cm)
Ange ou démon
Ange ou démon
$1,564
Acrylic painting (81 x 65 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 10)
The soul of a man (numéro 10)
$2,406
Acrylic painting (81 x 100 cm)
Sans titre n°3
Sans titre n°3
$650
Mixed media (16 x 22 cm)
Thelonious monk
Thelonious monk
$722
Acrylic painting (50 x 50 cm)
Eat me
Eat me
$962
Acrylic painting (60 x 80 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 05)
The soul of a man (numéro 05)
$2,406
Acrylic painting (81 x 100 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 04)
The soul of a man (numéro 04)
$2,165
Acrylic painting (73 x 100 cm)
Mister Clint Eastwood
Mister Clint Eastwood
$481
Acrylic painting (38 x 46 cm)
The colors of jazz
The colors of jazz
$1,443
Acrylic painting (60 x 81 cm)
Nombrilisme – fin
Nombrilisme – fin
$601
Acrylic painting (89 x 116 cm)
Sans titre n°1
Sans titre n°1
$650
Mixed media (16 x 22 cm)
Ariadne
Ariadne
$3,248
Acrylic painting (50 x 60 cm)
Intrusion
Intrusion
$1,684
Acrylic painting (73 x 100 cm)
Girl wandering
Girl wandering
$722
Mixed media (30 x 48 cm)
Evasion (réalité augmentée)
Evasion (réalité augmentée)
$962
Mixed media (40 x 60 cm)
Tombent les hommes passent les rouge-queues
Tombent les hommes passent les rouge-queues
$1,924
Oil painting (106 x 134 cm)
The night companions
The night companions
$1,203
Acrylic painting (60 x 80 cm)
Les évanouis
Les évanouis
$1,804
Oil painting (82 x 89 cm)
Un atterrissage en bonne et due forme (réalité augmentée)
Un atterrissage en bonne et due forme (réalité augmentée)
$601
Mixed media (19 x 27 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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