Surrealism

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SALVADOR DALI ~ ON SURREALISM

“Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism for purposes of subversion, it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums.” ― Salvador Dalí Salvador Dalí et son Buste, 1974

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PABLO PICASSO ~ WHAT IS AN ARTIST?

“What do you think an artist is? …he is a political being, constantly aware of the heart breaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.” — Pablo Picasso Picasso, The Tragedy, 1903

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SALVADOR DALI ~ ON CONFUSION

“You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life” ― Salvador Dalí Photo Dali and his wife Gala

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JEAN COCTEAU ~ A SURREAL THOUGHT

“Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.” ― Jean Cocteau Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) 1955 in his apartment

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SALVADOR DALI ~ ON SURREALISM

“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” ― Salvador Dalí Salvador Dalí, painting The Temptation of St. Anthony, 1946

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DOROTHEA TANNING ~ ON ART

“Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity” Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012) Some Roses and their Phantoms, 1952 Dorothea Tanning

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GIORGIO DE CHIRICO ~ THE MYSTERY OF OUR MINDS

“Although the dream is a very strange phenomenon and an inexplicable mystery, far more inexplicable is the mystery and aspect our minds confer on certain objects and aspects of life.” Giorgio de Chirico Painting is by Giorgio de Chirico, Melancolia, 1912

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MAN RAY ~ ON INSPIRATION

“Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.” ― Man Ray Photograph is Man Ray in his studio, Paris, 1939.

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THE MANY FACES OF BENJAMIN FONDANE

The Many Faces of Fondane: Man Ray made a photographic portrait of Fondane with two heads (right) but Victor Brauner’s oil portrait has Fondane as a beheaded Holofernes. Benjamin Fondane was a Poet, Critic and Filmmaker Fondane (born Benjamin Wechsler in 1898, and murdered in Auschwitz in 1944)

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ANDRE BRETON ~ ARE WE LOST IN TIME?

“The important thing is that man is lost in time, in the moment that immediately precedes him – which only attests, by reflection, to the fact that he is lost in the moment that follows” Andre Breton André Breton was a French writer and poet. He is known best as the founder of Surrealism. Photo by Man Ray (1930)

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