Prettiest, weirdest works I’ve seen from the surrealists in Session #10.
Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair by Frida Kahlo | The Leaf of the Artichoke Is an Owl by Arshile Gorky | Object - Meret Oppenheim | The Birth of the World by Joan Miró | The Song Of Love - Giorgio De Chirico
I never considered Kahlo a Surrealist, though she was of that era, but I do love her… Gorky doesn’t quite fit either. And where’s the Duchamp?
Kahlo didn’t consider herself a Surrealist either. But Andre Breton considered her a Surrealist and as such she was classified as one. At least according to MoMA. Same goes for Gorky.
Duchamp’s works are under “Dada” (session 9). I classified these works and artists under the MoMA lectures they came under.
I dig MoMA and I understand that you’re following the lectures. I wish I had the money to take the course myself, because it seems brilliant. And in no way am I some kind of Surrealist snob. It’s just a movement that means a lot to me. Andre Breton is definitely the final word on what is and is not Surrealist—but there are just some artists that my heart of hearts associates with Surrealism. I feel that some fit, and some don’t. It’s purely an emotional/gut reaction. From what I understand, Duchamp didn’t want to align himself with any movement…
Interestingly enough, the MoMA lecturer (forgot which one—there were two of them) said that some people thought Andre Breton was kind of an elitist. He only picked people he wanted to have in his circle of Surrealists.
That’s why the MoMA lecture sort of ‘extended’ its examples by showing a number of other works in the movement. Whether or not they really fit the movement, I can’t be sure. I suppose people like you would know more about it than me. At this point, Dali and Magritte’s works are the main reason why I enjoy it.
Well, in my opinion, Duchamp should be a movement of his own. (I’m not a fan of his yet, but his brand of creativity fascinates me.)
(I am sorry if this came up as multiple replies to you. My Tumblr is being an absolute douche to me right now. Remind me to never ever post anything on Tumblr using my iPad again. SIGH.)
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