Surrealism is a period in art history when artists create dreamlike paintings filled with mysterious objects or familiar objects that have been oddly changed in ways that you would not see in reality.
Surrealism is a style of art where objects are realistically painted (they look real with light shadows, and details) but the way they are arranged or the way their shape is altered makes them look dreamlike, and therefore, beyond real.
Familiar Objects That Have Been Oddly Changed
Surrealist objects are painted in ways that look real but have been oddly changed.
In "The Red Model" by: René Margritte there is a pair of boots that has been oddly changed into feet but still look like boots!
In Salvador Dali's painting "The Persistence of Memory" there are melting clocks and a clock with ants coming out of it. The clocks look real but they are melting and clocks usually are not melting.
Mysterious objects in paintings are objects that still look the same just in a weird way. René Magritte’s painting "Not to be Reproduced" is an example of a painting with mysterious objects. There are two reflections in a mirror the person and the book. The book's reflection is correct, but the person's reflection is of the back of his head instead of his face.
Rene Magrittes painting "Son of Man" is another example of a surrealist painting with mysterious objects. There is a guy stiff with an apple on his face.
Salvador Dali’s Optical Illusions
Salvador Dali did not paint dreamlike paintings all the time. He also painted optical illusions. He painted "Apparition of face, and fruit dish on a beach". It has one opticalillusion that looks like a fruit dish but could also look like a face and a lady sitting down. There is also a mountain that looks like a dog.
From reading this section you now know many interesting facts about surrealism. You also know how surrealist artists changed objects into optical illusions, mysterious objects, and familiar objects that have been oddly changed optical illusions.
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