Tag Archives: Surrealism

Frida Kahlo, Thinking About Death, 1943, oil on canvas, 17.5" x 14.5", Private Collection, Mexico City, Photo by Matthew Kirkland via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License. Frida Kahlo, Thinking About Death, 1943, oil on canvas, 17.5

The Relevance of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo’s compelling surrealist self-portraits that are filled with personal iconography have a broad relevance. Her work was championed by early feminists who adopted the slogan “the personal is political,” meaning that one woman’s experience is representative of the experiences … Continue reading

Salvador Dalí Salvador Dalí, The Anthropomorphic Chest of Drawers, 1936, oil on wooden panel, 25.4 x 43.1 cm., Kunstsammlung Nordheim-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Photo by Jordan5k via Flickr,

Happy Birthday Salvador Dalí

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol, better known as Salvador Dalí, was born on May 11, 1904. The Spanish artist worked in variety of media, but is best known for his Surrealist paintings. Because … Continue reading

Magritte, painting, Surrealism René Magritte, The Son of Man, 1964, oil on canvas, 45.67” x 35”, Private Collection, Photo by Williamo! via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic License.

Magritte Takes A Peek

The Son of Man, a painting of a man in an overcoat and a bowler hat whose face is obscured by a floating green apple, actually is a self-portrait by Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte. You can see part of his … Continue reading

Man Ray, Tears, 1930-1932, gelatin silver print, 9 x 11 3/4 in., The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Photo by William Cromar via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

Happy Birthday Man Ray

Man Ray Photographer, Dada and Surrealist Artist Emmanuel Radnitzky was born on August 27th, 1890 in Philadelphia, PA to Russian Jewish immigrants.  His father was a garment worker.  Man Ray died on November 18, 1976 in Paris where he is buried.

René Magritte, The Treachery of Images (This is Not a Pipe), 1929, Oil on canvas, 23 3/4 x 31 15/16 in., LACMA, California, Photo by profzucker via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

René Magritte on Treacherous Images

Belgian artist René Magritte created this Surrealist masterpiece that presents a realistic image of a pipe and written in French below, the words, “This is not a pipe.”  With this humorous inscription, Magritte stated something that is true but nevertheless … Continue reading

Joan Miró, Personages with Star, 1933, oil on canvas, 78” x 97”, Art Institute of Chicago, Photo by Xevi V via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial -Share Alike 2.0 Generic License.

Winging it with Joan Miró

Surrealist artists wanted to incorporate chance into their artwork because they thought it would be a powerful means of self-revelation and catharsis.  They believed they could set free certain aspects of their subconscious this way. Spanish artist Joan Miró, a … Continue reading

Salvador Dalí, The Persistence of Memory, 1931, oil on canvas, 9 ½” x 13", Museum of Modern Art, New York. Image from Koiart71 (Flickr) available under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives License.

Dalí’s Camembert Watches

The Paranoid-Critical Method Many people are surprised to learn that this powerful work of art is somewhat small; it’s only a little larger than a sheet of notebook paper. It’s an intimate painting of an intimate subject. Dalí was a … Continue reading