27.9.2016 Surrealism

Today we are developing the art period surrealism.” Surrealism is the art period stared from Paris in 1924.It is launched by the French poet Andre breton . This movement is influence by the Sigmund Freud and Dream which mean it is above reality, not existed in reality , changing the from form realist to surreal and being emotional.There are two type of surrealism art which is automatism and assemblage.”(Tate and info from school powerpoint)

Let began with the automatism which is the process of make making  without thinking and aim just randomly and freely.

“We have made an automated drawing inspirited by Jon Bargeman who is a contemporary artist and illustrator who is an artist born in Uk and NYC based . HE got a unique style which is just using one continuous line in his drawing and using colour to show the figure has brought me a feeling of free and random this has totally show the automatism surrealism drawing . Therefore we have created own piece of work inspired by him.”(info from school powerpoint)

About my drawing, I love it so much as it got a good visual outcome . I used the primary colours in it which has created a strong tension and become eye-catching . Also I really think it is an interesting
process by just using simple colour to build the figure in a continuous line drawing .

“Other than automatism, we have also studied Assemblage which is similar to collaging but it is not  use 2D material but also 3D, there has not limiting on the used of material .One of the well-know surrealism work in assemblage style, ‘Object’ created by Merit Oppenheim.”(info from school powerpoint)


“In this art piece , Oppenheim used Chinese gazelle’s hair to cover the teacup, saucer, and spoon which has created a visual illusion to the object which make the audiences felt the natural or the original texture of the objects have been changed. “(Moma)In my perspective ,I think this is an interesting piece as it has really inspired me to think more. Oppenheim is using the everyday object, therefore it is really eye-catching as the texture have been changed. Also she has changed it in to the soft, fluffy hair which is very difference to the original texture. This was really think out of the box and surreal!

“About Oppenheim, she is a Swiss painter and sculptor born on October 6, 1913 Berlin, Germany and dead on November 15, 1985 – Berne, Switzerland”(theartstory.org)

“Apart form these two style, surreal have also well linked to landscapes and human .As many of the surrealist artists have inspired by violent and sexual which is influence of Freudian psychology.”(Tate and info. from school powerpoint)

“I believed the most famous artist in surrealism must be Salvador Dail who is Spain painter born on May 11, 1904. In the 1920s, he went to Paris and started to meet with different amazing artists like Picasso,Magritte and Miro who have influence he to his 1st surrealism piece. His famous piece is ‘The Persistence of Memory,’ also this is also my favourite piece of his work.”


“The Persistence of Memory is an oil painting created in 1931.”(Moma) I think this is an extraordinary piece as it has interesting change the form and texture of the clock and combining the real life landscape in the painting also it has got many got many hidden meaning in this piece therefore it just amazing.

Surrealism is about using visual representative to show the dream. “In my perspective,I think this a perfect piece of showing the dream status, just like what Dail said his art is the’ hand painted dream photographs’.”(Mental Floss) Also I love the hidden meaning in the clocks. The melting clock were strongly show the dream status visually it has changed its original form from soft to hard which is impossible to do this in the real world .I think this is a smart way to show the status that we(painting) are in the dream world. Other than this, clock is also the symbol of time. Dali  shown the difference of ‘time’ in real world and the dream status. When we were dreaming we will lack of the feeling of time . Additionally,people will lose the control of time in dream which is just show dream is  chaos and  disorder as we can link the surrounding world in our dream in an explicable way. This point has also successful show in the painting. Dali has also combined himself in his painting like the background is the landscape/mountain in his hometown. Also the unknown object in the middle of the painting which look like the combination of eyes and nose. These just look like his self portrait.” As well as this  melting clocks have also echo to the title of the painting The Persistence of Memory which show that memory cannot really stay long in the time. In addition, it has also related to the Dali his age as the clock melting may also talking about he being older and older.”(Mental Floss)Personally, I love the colour and the composition that Dali used, as they have go well and the composition made the drawing have good spacing as their have a clear foreground, mid ground and the prospect which really made the painting have a huge spacing.

In class we have also asked to create a collage in surrealism style.We are in the group of 3 people. Personally I really love this outcome as it has successful show the surrealism style and created an interesting . As it is the copy of the photo with black and white color so everything go well together. As well as this we have combine the animal part, cell and human body together in the main object. These have really created an interesting context as they don’t have any connection between them.This just show the disorder and a very random composition to each other which is totoal surreal.and the connect of the parts is very interesting therefore I really love this.


Mental Floss. (2016). 15 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Persistence Of Memory’. [online] Available at: http://mentalfloss.com/article/62725/15-things-you-didnt-know-about-persistence-memory [Accessed 27 Sep. 2016].

Moma.org. (2016). MoMA | Meret Oppenheim. Object. Paris, 1936. [online] Available at: https://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/meret-oppenheim-object-paris-1936 [Accessed 27 Sep. 2016].

Moma.org. (2016). MoMA | Salvador Dalí. The Persistence of Memory. 1931. [online] Available at: https://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/1168-2 [Accessed 27 Sep. 2016].

Tate.org.uk. (2016). Surrealism. [online] Available at: http://www.tate.org.uk/learn/online-resources/glossary/s/surrealism [Accessed 27 Sep. 2016].

The Art Story. (2016). Meret Oppenheim Biography, Art, and Analysis of Works. [online] Available at: http://www.theartstory.org/artist-oppenheim-meret.htm [Accessed 27 Sep. 2016].

The Art Story. (2016). Salvador Dalí Biography, Art, and Analysis of Works. [online] Available at: http://www.theartstory.org/artist-dali-salvador.htm [Accessed 27 Sep. 2016].



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