Started in the 1910s as a literary movement and consecrated in 1924 with Andre Breton's manifesto, Surrealism 'sought to release the unbridled imagination of the subconscious'.
From then on artists started rejecting the artistic conventions and using symbolism in order to fully unlock their hidden dreams and inner psyche creating wonderful and unexpected compositions. Here's an edit of some of our favourite Partnership Editions artworks that share these dream-like characteristics.
The movement was based around ideas of automatism which André Breton defined as "psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express - verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner - the actual functioning of thought."
Surrealists followed psychoanalysts like Sigmund Freud who legitimised the importance of dreams and the unconscious as valid revelations of human emotion and desires. This allowed artists to fully delve into the motifs arisen in their dreams, creating some of the most regconisable works in art history.
Featured Artworks: -La Venadita (The Little Deer) by Frida Kahlo, 1946 -L’adolescence by Salvador Dali, 1942 -And Then We Saw the Daughter of the Minotaur by Leonora Carrington, 1953 -The beautiful relations, Renee Magritte, 1967 -What the Water Gave Me by Frida Kahlo, 1939
"I believe in the future resolution of these two states, dream and reality, which are seemingly so contradictory, into a kind of absolute reality, a surreality, if one may so speak." - André Breton, Manifestoes of Surrealism, 1924.