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Violeta
Violeta
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L'attrape-pluie
L'attrape-pluie
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Mississippi fishin
Mississippi fishin
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"transe"
"transe"
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Mississippi drawnin
Mississippi drawnin
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Marquise vermeil
Marquise vermeil
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Ivresse ou l'escalier de bacchus
Ivresse ou l'escalier de bacchus
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Le chat de chester
Le chat de chester
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La jongleuse
La jongleuse
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L'ailleurs
L'ailleurs
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Disparition V
Disparition V
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Mixed media (89 x 116 cm)
Silent suits
Silent suits
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The green pond
The green pond
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Mixed media (63 x 48 cm)
A change is gonna come ?
A change is gonna come ?
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Acrylic painting (73 x 100 cm)
A travers des feux
A travers des feux
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Une vie de compression III
Une vie de compression III
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Shazam
Shazam
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Monsieur rêve
Monsieur rêve
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La marche d'akkad
La marche d'akkad
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Mixed media (35 x 65 cm)
Mona lisa recycled
Mona lisa recycled
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"basquiat aime les pieds nus"
"basquiat aime les pieds nus"
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L'homme aux défenses
L'homme aux défenses
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Promenade en rouge
Promenade en rouge
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Là-bas (02)
Là-bas (02)
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It's time to wake up, alice!
It's time to wake up, alice!
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The platform
The platform
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Le zographiphage
Le zographiphage
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Le vide
Le vide
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Forgotten world
Forgotten world
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Le village isolé
Le village isolé
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Magie de l'équilibre
Magie de l'équilibre
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L'imprévu
L'imprévu
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Jour blanc
Jour blanc
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Je te vois - 4
Je te vois - 4
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Tape titan
Tape titan
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Résurrection
Résurrection
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Under the moonlight
Under the moonlight
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Entwined
Entwined
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La vache folle (02)
La vache folle (02)
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Promeneur d'automne
Promeneur d'automne
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Dandy surréaliste
Dandy surréaliste
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Ice breaker
Ice breaker
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The river
The river
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Leaving the lucide landscape
Leaving the lucide landscape
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Les funérailles du renard
Les funérailles du renard
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Oil painting (130 x 97 cm)
Hiver
Hiver
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Petrified
Petrified
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Happy holidays
Happy holidays
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Crépuscule
Crépuscule
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Battements
Battements
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Homme, poules et poussin
Homme, poules et poussin
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Mixed media (114 x 162 cm)
L’anarchiste
L’anarchiste
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Alma (02)
Alma (02)
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Minerve XVI - Athena in Tenebris
Minerve XVI - Athena in Tenebris
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Girouettes
Girouettes
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Tombées des nues
Tombées des nues
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Femme vitrail
Femme vitrail
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La maison à remonter le temps
La maison à remonter le temps
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Les voyeurs
Les voyeurs
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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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