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Humanities Core Course: Surrealist Artwork Resources


Background and Contextual Information for Artists and Surrealism

Engaging with information resources such as artist biographies and descriptive overviews that explore the social, political, and cultural contexts in which an artist lived, or in which their art was created, can be a helpful framework when you're writing about art. This page includes just some of the many examples you may want to consult and consider!

Getting Started: Artists, Surrealism, and Formal Analysis

Oxford Art Online Lock Icon is an authoritative gateway to arts research, written by art historians and experts. You'll find detailed artist biographies, bibliographies, and many topical overviews such as techniques, terminology, and artistic movements here. The writing style of these articles is more descriptive than analytical which makes it much easier to read and absorb! Here are some examples:

Artist Biographies:

André Masson

Dora Maar

Frida Kahlo

Jean Dubuffet

Joan Miró

Leonara Carrington

Meret Oppenheim

Maruja Mallo

Max Ernst

Remedios Varo

René Magritte

Salvador Dalí

Surrealism: Contexts


Surrealism in America 

Smarthistory is an open access portal unlocking the expertise of leading scholars and making art history accessible to the public. Content on this site has undergone an open peer-review process, and every essay lists the author and links to their academic credentials. Here are some examples:

Surrealism Defined & Explained:

Surrealism & Psychoanalysis 

Surrealism & Women 

Surrealist Photography 

Surrealist Technique: Collage 

Surrealism & Subversive Realism 

Visual & Formal Analysis:

Introduction to Art Historical Analysis

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