Buying & Selling Surrealism Art at Auction; Definition, Characteristics, Surrealist Artists & More

Occasionally something comes along that changes your view up to that point. In the 1920’s, the surrealism art and cultural movement changed the way art was defined by creating something previously unknown to the art world. Whether it twists your perception, captures your imagination or appeals to your nonconformity; surrealism is still a popular artistic movement today. GWS Auctions, Inc, founded by Brigitte Kruse would like to expound specifically on surrealism art.

What is Surrealism Art?

Best known for its visual artworks and writings, surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s. Painting techniques were developed that allowed the unconscious to express itself and create strange creatures from everyday objects. Artists painted unnerving and illogical scenes with photographic precision. The idea is to “resolve the contradictory conditions of dream and reality into an absolute reality; a super-reality”.

Characteristics of Surrealism Paintings, Literature & Art Forms

Surrealist works feature the element of surprise and many Surrealist artists regard their work as an artifact and the works an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost. Above all, surrealism art was a revolutionary movement. The most important center of the movement was Paris during WWI, where surrealism was developed out of the Dada. The movement spread around the globe from the 1920s onward, and eventually spread into many facets of artistic expression such as visual arts, film, music, and literature as well as in many countries, languages, political views and practices, philosophy and social theories.

Surrealist Artists

Surrealist artists that are fairly well known include Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. The artists sought to channel the unconscious in an effort to unlock the power of the imagination. Surrealists believed the rational mind repressed the power of the imagination, weighting it down with taboos. Surrealist artists are powerfully influenced by psychoanalysis as well as disdaining rationalism and literary realism. The surrealist imagery is one of the most recognizable elements of the movement while at the same time is also the most elusive to categorize and define. Recurring motifs arisen through their dreams or/and unconscious mind as each artist relied on their own basic imagery as outlandish perplexing, and even uncanny styles to jolt the viewer out of their comforting assumptions. However, nature was one of the most frequented images. For example, Salvador Dalí’s works often depicted ants or eggs, Joan Miró favored strongly the vague biomorphic imagery, and Max Ernst was obsessed with birds and even had a bird alter ego.

Buying & Selling Surrealism Art & Much More at Auction in Beverly Hills, Agoura Hills, Palm Springs, Indio & Southern California

With so many facets concerning realism art, many admirers found the work brilliant and would indulge in a multiple pieces in their collection. In light of the popularity of surrealism art, many pieces can be found at auctions, including our very own. GWS Auctions, Inc founded by Brigitte Kruse hold auctions that include many fine original works of art, including the surrealist artists Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Salvador Dali. Dali’s longtime friend and confidante, Pierre Argillet, is including many surrealism art pieces from his own collection as well as the collection of the Royal Medici family of Italy in one of our upcoming auctions closing July 29th. Contact us to learn more.