Surrealism as an artistic movement: characteristics

Salvador Dalí | Couple aux têtes pleines de nuages

Salvador Dalí, Couple aux têtes pleines de nuages. 1936. Olio su tavola. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Purchase with the support of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Foundation, the Rembrandt Association, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Erasmusstichting and Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht. Credit line photographer: Jannes Linders
© Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalì Foundation by SIAE 2023

Surrealism as an artistic movement is fundamentally dream and irrationality.
To describe its characteristics is to delve into a territory where reason is lost in the meanders of what is not rational, generating unexplored worlds.

These are the characteristics of Surrealism.

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The revolution of Impressionism: experiments and successes

CLAUDE MONET, Vue de Londres dans le brouillard "La Tamise". Tecnica mista su carta. 21x28 cm . 1903. Collezione privata

CLAUDE MONET, Vue de Londres dans le brouillard “La Tamise”. Tecnica mista su carta. 21×28 cm . 1903. Collezione privata


When, in April 1874, a small group of artists organised an exhibition at the studio of the photographer Nadar in the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris, they did not think they were at the beginning of an artistic revolution. It was the debut of a group of young artists who were about to create an unprecedented artistic phenomenon.

The curator of the Impressionists between dream and colour exhibition, Vincenzo Sanfo, explained well what the Impressionist revolution consisted of and emphasised how from the dismay and horror with which the first works were greeted, we moved on to …

The Impressionism Revolution

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Flemish painting and the conquest of reality

Jan van Eyck | opere


There is a moment in the history of art when something extraordinary happens.
It is that moment when we pass from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance, that phase in which Flemish painting begins to describe reality.

When did this epochal transition occur? Who was the first to realise that art should not only describe the sacred, but could show the real world?
The answers to these questions can be found in this post written by Adele Pelazza.

the conquest of reality

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Gribouillage: when doodling becomes art

gribouillage | scarabocchio


I had the opportunity to visit an exhibition that, with unusual juxtapositions, sheds light on lesser-known aspects of the practice of drawing.
Gribouillage/Scarabocchio. From Leonardo da Vinci to Cy Twombly is the exhibition curated by Francesca Alberti and Diane Bodart that takes place first in Rome, at the Academy of France – Villa Medici, then in Paris, at the Beaux-Arts.

The exhibition project explores the hidden side of art making and invites visitors to move their gaze to the back of paintings, the walls of workshops, the margins of a book or the walls of cities.
Two complementary exhibitions to address the many facets of doodling in art.

In this post I propose the sections of the Rome exhibition, which has the merit of underlining how experimentation and the search for a primordial sign, which does not respect any academic rule, is a necessity present not only in the contemporary era.
Gribouillage: when doodling becomes art

Gribouillage: when doodling becomes art

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Titian’s women: the female portrait in sixteenth-century Venice

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Titian’s women appear sensual and elegant.
In his numerous portraits, they seem to belong to the more affluent strata of society and appear strong and confident.
Was this really the case?

In 16th-century Venice, the image of women took on a role that had never been seen before in the history of painting.
In this post I propose an analysis of the role of women in 16th-century Venice by looking at the most beautiful paintings.

Titian’s women

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