Literary and art movement influenced by Freudianism and dedicated to the expression of imagination as revealed in dreams, free of the conscious control of reason and free of convention. The movement was founded (1924) in Paris by André Breton, with his Manifeste du surréalisme, but its ancestry is traced to the French poets Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Apollinaire, and to the Italian painter, Giorgio de Chirico.
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Andre Breton-What is Surrealism?
A lecture given in Brussels on 1st June 1934 at a public meeting organised by the Belgian Surrealists, and issued as a pamphlet immediately afterwards
Bibliography of Surrealism
Extensive collection of books about Surrealism.
A concise description of the 20th century visual arts and literary movement Surrealism at Biddington's Pedigree and Provenance.
Dada and Surrealism: Texts and Extracts
By Gerry Carlin and Mair Evans.
History of Surrealism
Good introduction to Surrealism maintained by Monica Sanchez.
Research Centre for Studies of Surrealism
Centre promotes research excellence in studies of dada and surrealism and their impact on modern thought and culture.
Brief article and biographies of well known surrealists.
Surrealism, surrealist, surreal, art, literature, music, dada, dadaism, and everything else.
The Surrealists Website
Information about the movement of the early 20th century. Artist biographies, surrealist manifesto, history and galleries.
Encyclopedia article about the movement. Includes the founding, history and social/political impact.
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