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surrealism

[suh-ree-uh-liz-uh m] /səˈri əˌlɪz əm/
noun, (sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
a style of art and literature developed principally in the 20th century, stressing the subconscious or nonrational significance of imagery arrived at by automatism or the exploitation of chance effects, unexpected juxtapositions, etc.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < French surréalisme. See sur-1, realism
Related forms
surrealist, noun, adjective
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Examples from the web for surrealism
  • Much of your work has aspects of magical realism, even surrealism.
  • His work began to expand beyond realism into surrealism.
  • Perhaps the gentle surrealism of these objects is not entirely fascinating as sculpture.
  • These are part of a large body of works on paper and canvas inspired by surrealism.
  • During his career he has experimented with detective fiction, and stories infused with a sense of surrealism.
  • Her work embraces art history and draws on the major stylistic movements of our time, including cubism and surrealism.
British Dictionary definitions for surrealism

surrealism

/səˈrɪəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
(sometimes capital) a movement in art and literature in the 1920s, which developed esp from dada, characterized by the evocative juxtaposition of incongruous images in order to include unconscious and dream elements
Derived Forms
surrealist, noun, adjective
surrealistic, adjective
surrealistically, adverb
Word Origin
C20: from French surréalisme, from sur-1 + réalismerealism
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Word Origin and History for surrealism
n.

1927, from French surréalisme (from sur- "beyond" + réalisme "realism"), coined c.1917 by Guillaume Apollinaire, taken over by Andre Breton as the name of the movement he launched in 1924 with "Manifeste de Surréalisme." Taken up in English at first in the French form; the anglicized version is from 1931.

De cette alliance nouvelle, car jusqu'ici les décors et les costumes d'une part, la chorégraphie d'autre part, n'avaient entre eux qu'un lien factice, il este résulté, dans 'Parade,' une sorte de surréalisme. [Apollinaire, "Notes to 'Parade' "]

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surrealism in Culture

surrealism definition


A movement in art and literature that flourished in the early twentieth century. Surrealism aimed at expressing imaginative dreams and visions free from conscious rational control. Salvador Dali was an influential surrealist painter; Jean Cocteau was a master of surrealist film.

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