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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.
Apparatus and Hand is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Surrealism Artwork
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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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Surrealism Artwork
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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 ...more

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Artist: Max Ernst

Art Form: Painting

Period / Movement: Surrealism

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Cabaret Scene is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Surrealism Artwork
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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 Cr... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Surrealism Artwork
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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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Surrealism Artwork
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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 ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Surrealism Artwork
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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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Surrealism Artwork
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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 ...more

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Artist: René Magritte

Period / Movement: Surrealism

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The Enigma of the Hour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Surrealism Artwork
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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 ...more

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Artist: Giorgio de Chirico

Art Form: Painting

Period / Movement: Metaphysical art, Surrealism

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