Commanded by Salvador Dalí, the great ship of surrealism sailed through the turbulent seas of the early 20th century with sails full of dreams and desires. Inspired by Sigmund Freud's practice of psychoanalysis, the Surrealists advocated the unconscious for the domain of truth, uninhibited by societal patterns or expectations .
Using techniques ranging from hypnosis to night walks and automatic writing, artists such as André Breton, Max Ernst, Brassaï and Meret Oppenheim created paintings, drawings, texts and films with which they wanted to delve into their most intimate and primal instincts. The results abound in sexual fantasies, in mysterious and threatening beings, and in the juxtaposition of apparently contradictory objects or ideas.
This book presents an introduction to the origins and magnificent legacy of the Surrealist movement , one of the deepest and most enduring influences on film, theater, literature, art, and thought.
Featured artists: Hans Arp, André Breton, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Paul Klee, René Magritte, André Masson, Matta, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Meret Oppenheim and Yves Tanguy.