Surrealist artworks are described to be inspired by the imagination, subconscious and fantasy. This surrealism art movement from the 1920’s was influenced by the psychologist Sigmund Freud, who pioneered studies of the human’s subconscious mind. Thus, Surrealism presents subjects in a dreamlike , if not strange, way.
In line with the teachings of Freud, a French poet, Andre Breton, in his book Manifeste du Surrealisme, said that rational thinking (conscious mind) represses the creative mind (subconscious) when composing art. He defined surrealism as getting in touch with the repressed mind to try and expressing absurd images and ideas such as insects coming out of a human body or a hand holding a human brain, among others.
Today, the movement is still practiced in painting on canvas, sketches and digital art. Here are examples of modern Surrealist art pieces:
These bizarre art works portray normal subjects in an irrational way that can make people feel uncomfortable. However, the abstract themes conveyed by the images stretch our imagination and encourages us to look beyond their absurdity.