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Surrealism in Art

A movement in literature and the visual arts that developed in the mid 1920s and remained strong until the mid 1940s, growing out of Dada and automatism. Based upon revealing the unconscious mind in dream images, the irrational, and the fantastic, Surrealism took two directions: representational and abstract. Dali's and Magritte's paintings, with their uses of impossible combinations of objects depicted in realistic detail, typify representational Surrealism. Mirý's paintings, with their use of abstract and fantastic shapes and vaguely defined creatures, are typical of abstract Surrealism.

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