Individual expressions

Surrealism is an individual’s own expression and outlook of life.  In André Breton’s Manifesto, he defines Surrealism as:

Automatisme psychique pur par lequel on se propose d’exprimer, soit verbalement, soit par écrit, soit de toute autre manière, le fonctionnement réel de la pensée. Dictée de la pensée, en l’absence de tout contrôle exercé par la raison, en dehors de toute préoccupation esthétique ou morale.”

Surrealism as an artistic movement is a response to the happenings of the world. World War I has taken place. German forces control majority of Northern France and over a million citizens died throughout the war.  The surrealist movement acts as an escape for an individual to become lost within one owns thoughts, dreams and reality. With the troubles happening all around, it is no wonder why artists escaped to their own perception of the world and portrayed it through their art, whether it is paintings, literature, or theater.  Breton later confirmed,

“L’étreinte poétique comme l’étreinte de chair/ Tant qu’elle dure/ Défend toute échappée sur la misère du monde.”(Sur la route de San Romano, 1948).

Surrealism is an anti-authoritarian revolution and liberation of the mind. As in the Bureau de Recherches Surréalistes, “[Surréalisme] est un cri de l’esprit qui retourne vers lui-même et est bien décidé à broyer désespérément ses entraves,
  et au besoin par des marteaux matériels.” Many artists recreate their own sense of reality and liberate their minds from any known mandate or rule of the universe. Many paintings have juxtaposition, where the artist places or combines two contrasting images because with surrealism, there are no rules binding it down to a set conformity. It is a recreation and representation of one’s own mind.

“The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown” – Réne Magritte

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