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The Greatest Famous Surrealist Paintings

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List of famous Surrealism paintings, ranked by user votes with pictures of the art when available. The Surrealism period was a cultural awakening in the art world, so it's no surprise it produced some of the most historic paintings in the history of the world. The works of art listed below are some of the most popular Surrealism paintings, so most of the artist's names who created these works will be very recognizable. Renowned paintings from the Surrealism period are showcased in museums all around the world, so save yourself an expensive vacation by simply scrolling through this list.

Everything from I and the Village to The Lovers is included on this list of surrealistic paintings. Featuring works from Dali and other surrealist artists, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, “What are the most famous Surrealism paintings?” and “What are examples of Surrealism paintings?”

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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 with the image of a smaller goat being milked on its cheek. In the foreground is a glowing tree held in the man's dark hand. The background features a collection of houses next to an Orthodox church, and an upside-down female violinist in front of a black-clothed man holding a scythe. Note that the green-faced man wears a necklace with St. Andrew's cross, indicating that the man is a...  more
    • Artist: Marc Chagall
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: 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 the Tate Gallery in London the forest image represents the forest near Ernst’s childhood home which inspired a sense of ‘enchantment and terror’ in the artist. The same analysis also states that the dove represents Ernst himself. This painting has a heavily textured and three-dimensional appearance. This is owed to a technique called grattage. Grattage was invented by Ernst and the Spanish...  more
    • Artist: Max Ernst
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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  • Metamorphosis of Narcissus is an oil-on-canvas painting by the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí. This painting is from Dalí's Paranoiac-critical period. According to Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in a pool. Unable to embrace the watery image, he pined away, and the gods immortalized him as a flower. Dalí completed this painting in 1937 on his long awaited return to Paris after having had great success in the United States. The painting shows Narcissus sitting in a pool, gazing down. Not far away there is a decaying stone figure which corresponds closely to him but is perceived quite differently; as a hand holding up a bulb or egg from which a Narcissus is...  more
    • Artist: Salvador Dalí
    • Subject: Narcissus
    • 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 sculpture....  more
    • Artist: Giorgio de Chirico
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Metaphysical art, Surrealism
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