What is Surrealism?

Surrealism, 1924-1950’s, was a style in which fantastical visual imagery from the subconscious mind is used with no intention of making the work logically comprehensible. Its aim was to liberate artist’s imagination by tapping into the unconscious mind to discover a “superior reality”. The movement drew upon the images of dreams, the effect of combining disassociated images and the technique of pure automatism, a spontaneous form of drawing without the conscious control of mind.  Max Ernest was a primary pioneer of the dada movement but his work is best associated with Surrealism along with Salvador Dali.