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This lesson will explore Surrealism.

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This lesson discusses the development and impact of the Surrealist movement, highlighting the works of Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Meret Oppenheim, Frida Kahlo, and Andre Masson.

Notes on "Surrealism"


(00:00-00:29) Introduction

(00:30-03:28) Surrealism

(03:29-04:21) de Chirico

(04:22-05:29) Dalí

(05:30-06:11) Magritte

(06:12-07:02) Oppenheim

(07:03-08:28) Kahlo

(08:29-09:37) Masson

(09:38-09:59) What did we learn?




Image of Giorgio de Chirico, Song of Love, Public Domain,; Image of Dali, The Persistence of Memory, Fair Use According to Wikipedia,; Image of  Magritte, Treachery of Images, Fair Use According to Wikipedia,; Image of Oppenheim, Fur Breakfast, Fair Use According to Wikipedia,; Image of Kahlo, What the Water Gave Me, Public Domain,,_Frida_Kahlo,_which_inspired_Florence_Welch_in_2011.jpg; Image of Masson, Automatic Drawing, Fair Use According to Wikipedia,


Terms to Know
Exquisite Corpse

A technique used by Surrealists where words or images are created, collected, and assembled in a concealed collaboration.

Psychic Automatism

A technique used by Surrealist artists where 'chance and random mark making' allow freedom from the decision making process in creating artwork.


A 20th-century art movement and style characterized by imagery and subject matter of the subconscious.

Unconscious Mind

The part of the mental process where thoughts are not controlled.