3 Tutorials that teach Surrealism
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Author: Erin Aldana
This lesson will explore Surrealism.
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Notes on "Surrealism"

Key Terms


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.

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.

Image Credits

Andre Breton, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Andr%C3%A9_Breton.JPG , Masson, Automatic Drawing, Fair Use according to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Masson_automatic_drawing.jpg , exquisite corpse, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Exquisite_corpse_drawing_by_Noah_Ryan_and_Erica_Parrott.JPG, Giorgio di Chirico, Love Song, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:De_Chirico%27s_Love_Song.jpg, Giorgio di Chirico, Red Tower, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Red_Tower.jpg, Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory, Fair Use according to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Persistence_of_Memory.jpg,, Oppenheim, Fur Breakfast, Fair Use according to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:M%C3%A9ret_Oppenheim_Object.jpg, Magritte, Empire of Light, Fair Use according to Wikipedia, Magritte, Treachery of Images, Fair Use According to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MagrittePipe.jpg, Kahlo, What the Water Gave Me, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:What_The_Water_Gave_Me,_Frida_Kahlo,_which_inspired_Florence_Welch_in_2011.jpg