10 Modern Art Terms Everyone Should Know Bridget Riley, Metamorphosis, 1964

Surrealism

Type: Movement

Surrealism is a French movement with roots in Dadaism founded in 1924, intended to liberate the culture from reason and rationalism. Surrealists, such as Dalí and Ernst, embraced the ideas of pure functioning of thought and automatism, without the considerations of aesthetics.

(p. 92 in ...Isms: Understanding Modern Art)

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