surrealism

noun
sur·​re·​al·​ism | \ sə-ˈrē-ə-ˌli-zəm also -ˈrā- How to pronounce surrealism (audio) \

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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surrealist \ sə-​ˈrē-​ə-​list also , -​ˈrā-​ How to pronounce surrealist (audio) \ noun or adjective

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Take for example a Fornasetti umbrella stand, that will infuse your hallway with a touch of Italianate surrealism, rain or shine. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Organization, but Make it Fashion: 12 Home Items That Are Chic and Functional," 17 Jan. 2019 The author’s flair for intertwining surrealism with delicate emotionality is again on full display in Mouthful of Birds, a collection short stories that sit somewhere between miniature mysteries and fairy tales. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019: 19 Picks You Should Have on Your Reading List," 1 Jan. 2019 As the three cross paths later in Paris, Dupontel blends surrealism and crime drama in this epic story of the brutal scars left by the war. Loren King, BostonGlobe.com, "At the MFA, it’s time for the Boston French Film Festival," 5 July 2018 One of White’s first hires was the former art director Henry Wolf, who infused the magazine with a deadpan surrealism through irreverent play with text and typography. Stephen Mooallem, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pop Goes Bazaar: A Look Back at the Magazine in the 1960s," 9 June 2017 Here, surrealism works better, all weird precision, a simplicity to its part-reality, part-dream. Daisy Fried, New York Times, "Sex, Death, Suffering and Surrealism, in New Books of Poetry," 6 July 2018 Suspiria echoes these films as well, with their mix of modern aesthetic and fairytale surrealism. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Suspiria turns the color red into a plot point," 9 Nov. 2018 Without losing sight of its central narrative, the book on occasion ascends into the realm of surrealism and the fever dream. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: A Fever Dream of Ransom and Rescue," 23 Aug. 2018 The book oscillates between hilarious surrealism and shocking reality. The Economist, "Crime, punishment and the end of the world," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of surrealism

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for surrealism

French surréalisme, from sur- + réalisme realism

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The first known use of surrealism was in 1925

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surrealism

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English Language Learners Definition of surrealism

: 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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