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Lucas Edwards
Lucas Edwards


Oppenheim is considered the most important representative of surrealism in Switzerland. She is most well known for her iconic and strange assemblages that removed commonplace items out of their familiar context. Meret Elisabeth Oppenheim died November 15, 1985 in Basel, Switzerland.


Surrealism has over the years been perceived by many surrealist artists and writers as more than just an artistic style but rather an artistic cultural movement. Even today surrealism continues to be one of the most influential cultural movements.

The characteristics of surrealism include strange images or bizarre juxtapositions, unconsciousness as a valid reality, dream-like artwork or symbolic images, automatism techniques to create random effects, distorted figures or biomorphic shapes, depiction of perverse sexuality, and chance or spontaneity.

One has a wide choice of types of art to explore and discover in the genre of surrealism which over the years varies stylistically. As surreal art is unique, innovative, and transformative, collecting art in such a genre provides the viewer with an escape from reality as it presents a whole new innovative perspective hence the widely collected art.

Surrealism Today is an educational website established by artists, for artists. Our mission is to discover & promote the greatest surrealist and imaginative artists working today, and to help connect those artists to their fans, audiences, and collectors. If you're an artist, painter, collage, pop-surrealism and lowbrow, digital, visionary, mystical, occult or fantastic art, feel free to connect.

André Breton, the founder of surrealism, was enchanted. Here was an artwork that chimed with his declaration that "beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all." He called it Le Déjeuner en fourrure (Luncheon in Fur, though in English it is also known as Breakfast in Fur) and exhibited it that year at the first surrealist exhibition dedicated to objects.

Now, where does graphic design play into this? Well, surrealism was more than just a philosophy with a few French artists, it has grown to be a literary movement, and has influenced theatre, fashion and of course, design. Though it began as an anti-commercial movement, many surrealists made a living as graphic designers on the side to fund their art; they also publicized their work through their own self-designed posters, advertisements and placards. Here are seven artists, illustrators and graphic designers today who are keeping the art of surrealism alive in their own design masterpieces.

After witnessing the barbarous and horrific events of WWII, artists used surrealism as an outlet to help them deal with what they experienced during the war. Surrealism allowed individuals to tap into their subconscious, and to process their internalised thoughts. For many, such explorations led to the creation of shocking, graphic and provocative imagery.

They produced new insights not only into the genesis, history and internationalization of surrealism, but also into the economic situation of artists and the strategies of their dealers in Europe and American exile, as well as into the museumization of surrealist art. Young scholars in particular were introduced to the field of research on surrealism between art and commerce from an interdisciplinary perspective. 041b061a72




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