SURREALIS1 - Charles Baudelaire and Lautreamont the latter...

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SURREALISM KEY DATES: 1920-1930s A literary and art movement, dedicated to expressing the imagination as revealed in dreams, free of  the conscious control of reason and convention. Surrealism inherited its anti-rationalist sensibility  from Dada, but was lighter in spirit than that movement. Like Dada, it was shaped by emerging  theories on our perception of reality, the most obvious influence being Freud's model of the  subconscious. Founded in Paris in 1924 by André Breton with his Manifesto of Surrealism, the movement's principal  aim was 'to resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality into an absolute  reality, a super-reality'. Its roots can be traced back to French poets such as Arthur Rimbaud, 
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Unformatted text preview: Charles Baudelaire and Lautreamont, the latter providing the famous line that summed up the Surrealists' love of the incongruous; "Beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on a dissecting table." The major artists of the movement were Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, René Magritte and Joan Miró. Surrealism's impact on popular culture can still be felt today, most visibly in advertising. REPRESENTATIVE ARTISTS: Marcel Duchamp Georgia O'Keeffe Max Ernst Sir Henry Moore Rene Magritte Joan Miro Salvador Dali Pablo Picasso Man Ray Dorothea Tanning MC Escher...
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