12 Facts About Surrealist


Surrealist wrote in a letter to Paul Dermee: "All things considered, I think in fact it is better to adopt surrealism than supernaturalism, which I first used" [Tout bien examine, je crois en effet qu'il vaut mieux adopter surrealisme que surnaturalisme que j'avais d'abord employe].

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Surrealist admired the young writer's anti-social attitude and disdain for established artistic tradition.

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In 1924 two Surrealist factions declared their philosophy in two separate Surrealist Manifestos.

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Surrealist's images, including set designs for the Ballets Russes, would create a decorative form of Surrealism, and he would be an influence on the two artists who would be even more closely associated with Surrealism in the public mind: Dali and Magritte.

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The 1976 World Surrealist Exhibition included performances by David "Honeyboy" Edwards.

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Surrealism as a political force developed unevenly around the world: in some places more emphasis was on artistic practices, in other places on political practices, and in other places still, Surrealist praxis looked to supersede both the arts and politics.

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Surrealist was one of the few intellectuals who continued to offer his support to the FCL during the Algerian war when the FCL suffered severe repression and was forced underground.

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Surrealist refused to take sides on the splits in the French anarchist movement and both he and Peret expressed solidarity as well with the new Federation anarchiste set up by the synthesist anarchists and worked in the Antifascist Committees of the 60s alongside the FA.

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Many Surrealist artists continued to explore their vocabularies, including Magritte.

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Surrealist held his last one-man show in 2002, and died three years later.

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Surrealist artists have cited the alchemists, Dante, Hieronymus Bosch, the Marquis de Sade, Charles Fourier, Comte de Lautreamont and Arthur Rimbaud as influences.

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The original Paris Surrealist Group was disbanded by member Jean Schuster in 1969, but another Parisian surrealist group was later formed.

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