Realism vs. Surrealism

By Jaxson

  • Surrealism

    Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s in France, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects, and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself. Its aim was to “resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality into an absolute reality, a super-reality”.

    Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur; however, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artifact. Leader André Breton was explicit in his assertion that Surrealism was, above all, a revolutionary movement.

    Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920s onward, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film, and music of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, philosophy, and social theory.

  • Realism (noun)

    A concern for fact or reality and rejection of the impractical and visionary.

  • Realism (noun)

    An artistic representation of reality as it is.

  • Realism (noun)

    The viewpoint that an external reality exists independent of observation.

  • Realism (noun)

    A doctrine that universals are real—they exist and are distinct from the particulars that instantiate them.

  • Surrealism (noun)

    An artistic movement and an aesthetic philosophy that aims for the liberation of the mind by emphasizing the critical and imaginative powers of the subconscious.


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