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Famous Surrealism Artwork

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List of famous Surrealism artwork, listed alphabetically with photos when available. The Surrealism movement was an awakening in the world of art, producing new types of paintings and sculptures that the world had never seen before. This is a list of the most popular Surrealism art pieces, so art enthusiasts will likely recognize the names of the famous artists who created these pieces. These renowned pieces of Surrealism artwork are showcased in museums all over the world, so if you can't afford an expensive vacation then this list is a great substitute for seeing fine Surrealism art. In the chance that pictures of these historic Surrealism works of art aren't available, you can click on the name of the piece for more information.

Pieces here include everything from The Persistence of Memory to I and the Village.

If you want to know, "What is Surrealism art?" or "What are examples of Surrealism art?" then this list will answer your questions.


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    Apparatus and Hand

    Apparatus and Hand is a 1927 painting by Salvador Dalí. The painting currently resides at the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. This work is on loan from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. A Reynolds Morse.more

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    • Artist: Salvador Dalí
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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    Aquis Submersus
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    Aquis Submersus is a painting by the German dadaist and surrealist Max Ernst created in 1919. Influenced by the Italian metaphysical art it is one of Ernst's earliest works showing surrealistical accents. It currently resides at the Städel museum in Frankfurt, Germany. The painting depicts a swimming ...more

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    • Artist: Max Ernst
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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    Cabaret Scene
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    Cabaret Scene is a painting by the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí. This was a unique cubist experiment that came between Dalí's early impressionist work and the classic surrealist technique he would later develop.more

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    • Artist: Salvador Dalí
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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    Christ of Saint John of the Cross
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    Christ of Saint John of the Cross is a painting by Salvador Dalí made in 1951. It depicts Jesus Christ on the cross in a darkened sky floating over a body of water complete with a boat and fishermen. Although it is a depiction of the crucifixion, it is devoid of nails, blood, and a crown of thorns, ...more

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    • Artist: Salvador Dalí
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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    Double Portrait
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    Double Portrait (1944) is a painting by Filipino-American artist Alfonso A. Ossorio. .more

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    • Artist: Alfonso A. Ossorio
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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    Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening is a surrealist painting by Salvador Dalí. A short, alternate title for the painting is Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee. It was painted in 1944, while Dalí and his wife, Gala, were living in America.more

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    • Artist: Salvador Dalí
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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    Elective Affinities
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    Elective Affinities is a 1933 painting by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. The title is taken from the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe book Elective Affinities. Magritte had the following to say about this work: One night, I woke up in a room in which a cage with a bird sleeping in it had been placed. A ...more

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    • Artist: René Magritte
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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    The Enigma of the Hour
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    The Enigma of the Hour is a painting by the Italian metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico. He created the work during his early period, when he focused on metaphysical depictions of town squares and other urban environments. The Enigma depicts an urban scene with the classical architecture and angular ...more

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    • Artist: Giorgio de Chirico
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Metaphysical art, Surrealism
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    Flayed Image

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    Flayed Image
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    • Artist: Jack Boynton
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Modern art, Abstract expressionism, Surrealism
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    Forest and Dove is a painting by the German surrealist Max Ernst. It depicts a nocturnal scene of a forest of bizarre, abstract trees. In the thick of the forest is a childlike depiction of a dove. Both the forest and dove themes have appeared several times in Ernst’s works. According to an analysis by ...more

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    • Artist: Max Ernst
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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    Gare Montparnasse (The Melancholy of Departure)
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    Gare Montparnasse (The Melancholy of Departure) is a painting by the Italian metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico. Many of de Chirico’s works were inspired by the introspective feelings evoked by travel. He was born in Greece to Italian parents. This work was painted during a period when he lived in ...more

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    • Artist: Giorgio de Chirico
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Metaphysical art, Surrealism
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    Golconda
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    Golconda is an oil painting on canvas by Belgian surrealist René Magritte, painted in 1953. It is usually housed at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. The piece depicts a scene of nearly identical men dressed in dark overcoats and bowler hats, who seem to be drops of heavy rain, against a backdrop ...more

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    • Artist: René Magritte
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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    I and the Village
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    I and the Village is a 1911 painting by the Russian-French artist Marc Chagall. It is exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The work contains many soft, dreamlike images overlapping one another in a continuous space. In the foreground, a cap-wearing green-faced man stares at a goat or sheep ...more

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    • Artist: Marc Chagall
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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    La Gare de Perpignan

    La Gare de Perpignan is a 1965 large-scale oil on canvas painting by the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí, on display in the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. The Perpignan railway station held special significance for Dalí, who had proclaimed it to be the "Center of the Universe" after experiencing a vision of ...more

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    • Artist: Salvador Dalí
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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    La Toile Daligram was a work created in 1972 by Salvador Dalí, a Spanish artist best known for his surrealist work.more

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    • Artist: Salvador Dalí
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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    Le Rêve Transformé is a 1913 painting by the Italian metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico. This work contains the classic de Chirico images of an empty urban scene at late evening with a ghostly train on the horizon. This time in the foreground is an arrangement of bananas, pineapples and a Greek ...more

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    • Artist: Giorgio de Chirico
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Metaphysical art, Surrealism
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    Little Machine Constructed by Minimax Dadamax in Person
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    Little Machine Constructed by Minimax Dadamax in Person is a mixed-media work of art by the German dadaist/surrealist Max Ernst. This is probably the most famous example of a series of Ernst’s works that were based on diagrams of scientific instruments. This work began by creating print reproductions of ...more

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    • Artist: Max Ernst
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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    Lobster Telephone is a surrealist object, created by Salvador Dalí in 1936 for the English poet Edward James, a leading collector of surrealist art. In his book The Secret Life, Dalí wrote teasingly of his demand to know why, when he asked for a grilled lobster in a restaurant, he was never presented ...more

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    • Artist: Salvador Dalí, Edward James
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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    The Song of Love is a painting by the Italian metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico. It is one of the most famous works by de Chirico and an early example of the surrealist style, though it was painted ten years before the movement was "founded" by André Breton in 1924. It depicts an outdoor ...more

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    • Artist: Giorgio de Chirico
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Metaphysical art, Surrealism
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    Mae West Lips Sofa

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    Mae West Lips Sofa
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    The Mae West Lips Sofa is a surrealist sofa by Salvador Dalí. The wood-and-satin sofa was shaped after the lips of actress Mae West, whom Dalí apparently found fascinating. It measures 86.5 x 183 x 81.5 cm. Edward James, a rich British patron of the Surrealists in the 1930s, commissioned this piece from ...more

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    • Artist: Salvador Dalí
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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