Definition of surrealism
: the principles, ideals, or practice of producing fantastic or incongruous imagery or effects in art, literature, film, or theater by means of unnatural or irrational juxtapositions and combinations
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Recent Examples of surrealism from the Web
And the filmmakerly execution here (episode director: Robin Wright) gave each Shocking Development a hint of surrealism.
This 1836 work — in which a witless fop is assumed to be a powerful state functionary by corrupt politicians in the provinces — infuses scathing satire with giddy surrealism.
Selfhood and images, imagination and environment, converge as never before, even as surrealism, or, simply, the cinema of the impossible, has become even more commonplace, thanks to C.G.I.—for that matter, thanks to Snapchat filters—
Notions of the sub- or unconscious will be objectified and obscured as quick and dirty surrealism dominates the creative use of video.
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Origin and Etymology of surrealism
French surréalisme, from sur- + réalisme realism
First Known Use: 1925
SURREALISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of surrealism for English Language Learners
: a 20th-century art form in which an artist or writer combines unrelated images or events in a very strange and dreamlike way
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