Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon has brought Renaissance art closer to all of us through The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and most recently, Inferno by bringing alive the work of notable painters like Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Giorgio Vasari, Sandro Botticelli and Michelangelo, among others.
In this series, we continue Dan’s work; and today we talk about: Surrealism and Salvador Dali (shown alongside). A name that commands respect in the world of art and painting. Dali was the pioneer of the surrealist movement – infamous for his eccentricities, and world renowned for his bizarre imagery in paintings that are admired even today. In fact, most people would argue that Dali’s name should be mentioned amongst the ‘greats’ of art.
Surrealism was an artistic and literary movement that began in the early 1920’s, dedicated to expressing the imagination as revealed in dreams, free of the conscious control of reason and convention. The aim of Surrealism was to reveal the unconscious and reconcile it with rational life. There was no single style of Surrealist art but two broad types can be seen. These are the early dream-like work of Salvador Dali, and Rene Magritte, and the later free form or automatist work by artist such as Max Ernst and Joan Miro. Surrealist artists used unexpected juxtapositions and illogical scenes which they painted with photographic precision to express their subconscious imagination.