To see a World in a Grain of Sand
Surrealism: Art and literature attempting to express the working of the subconscious and characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtaposistions.
Through the process of free association, as in a dream, the identities which the conscious mind imposes were dissolved: and egg becomes the womb, a musical instrument, a telephone, a playing card or a particular piece of the human anatomy. The surrealist image brought the fact of the interchangeable out of the dream and into reality. The image could serve either a verbal of pictorial form. Surrealism was not as much a means of expression as it was an activity of the mind.
ESCHERMaurits Cornelis Escher
"I try in my prints to testify that we live in a beautiful and orderly world, not in a chaos without norms, even though that is how it sometimes appears. My subjects are also often playful: I cannot refrain from demonstrating the nonsensicalness of some of what we take to be irrefutable certainties. It is, for example, a pleasure to deliberately mix together objects of two and three dimensions, surface and spatial relationships, and to make fun of gravity." . . .ESCHER
Escher created a visual paradox in the lithograph Relativity (1953), by combining three separate perspectives into a unified, coherent whole.
"I don't want to transform the world, merely to improve it, to reveal through the light of my colours the harmonies of the soul... to deprive fear of all its forms and give impetus to hope.".....CUSIMANO
Canadian metaphysical surrealist artist known for his enigmatic excursions into the landscape of the soul where the unreal can seem real in the metamorphosis of time. . Lumia . Ricordo
Giorgio De Chirico
Et quid amabo nisi quod aenigma est?
He believed he had achieved a unique interpretation of the world by "combining in a single composition scenes of contemporary life and visions of antiquity, producing a highly troubling dream reality''. He called this new art "Metaphysical'' and the paintings he created between 1912 and 1915 were to have a profound influence on Surrealism. .Love Song . Villa by the Sea
``Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.''..... Salvador Dal´┐Ż,.. Declaration, 1929.
Spanish painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and designer. After passing through phases of Cubism, Futurism and Metaphysical painting, he joined the Surrealists in 1929 and his talent for self-publicity rapidly made him the most famous representative of the movement. Throughout his life he cultivated eccentricity and exhibitionism (one of his most famous acts was appearing in a diving suit at the opening of the London Surrealist exhibition in 1936), claiming that this was the source of his creative energy. The Persistence of Memory . Raphaelesque Head Exploding
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