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Famous Surrealist Artists

a brief history

Starting out as only a literary movement, the Surrealist movement began to include visual art after French writer André Breton wrote his seminal Surrealist Manifesto in 1924.

key characTERISTICS

The main principle was the eagerness to set free the unconscious mind as a medium with which to examine hidden aspects of the imagination.



Pablo Picasso  (1881 – 1973)


Joan Miró  (1893 – 1983)


René Magritte  (1898 – 1967)


Frida Kahlo  (1907 – 1954)


Dorothea Tanning  (1910 – 2012)

modern day surrealism artists

After the death of Leonora Carrington, none of the Surrealist artists who were so highly regarded during their height of fame remain. Numerous contemporary artists exist, who are still practicing within and making use of Surrealist characteristics, such as Khan Nova and Mark Ryden.