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Surrealism Art

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

Surrealism Art

Surrealism is unreal, bizarre, fantastical, and features imagery that conveys a dream-like quality. Surreal paintings are puzzles that might not have literal meaning. Surreal art is not rational.

It transcends everyday reality. Surrealist art is all about the imagination; it is meant to surprise us with unexpected juxtapositions of images. Surrealist artists are free to explore their creativity and interpret their dreams.

It is an attempt to transfer dreams directly to the canvas; to paint what lives in the unconscious mind. Of course, a conscious human being cannot bypass his consciousness entirely since he paints while he is awake.

The Golden Age of Surrealism Art was its first decade: the 1930s. It was said to have died with the Second World War. And yet, it continues today. The word "surreal" means above, beyond, more than real.

"KUKUTIS" BY GEDIMINAS PRANCKEVICIUS (2011)

"KUKUTIS" BY GEDIMINAS PRANCKEVICIUS (2011)

"TIME" BY GEDIMINAS PRANCKEVICIUS (2009)

"TIME" BY GEDIMINAS PRANCKEVICIUS (2009)

Gediminas Pranckevicius

Gediminas Pranckevicius is a digital surrealist artist from Vilnius, Lithuania. He also works as a freelance illustrator and concept artist. I could find no other biographical information about this creator of beautiful art who is new on the scene.

Gediminas, using the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ graphics card, won $10,000 cash plus other prizes by winning first place in the NVART4-Surrealism Competition in 2009. The piece of art that made him the winner is featured on the page. It is entitled "Time."

Pranckevicius is in the IT'S ART Hall of Fame. He has won an "excellence award" from 3DTOTAL and a CGHUB "Gold Award." If anyone can supply further information about this artist, please let me know. Otherwise, let us just enjoy his work.

"BOUDOIR" BY JACEK YERKA (2010)

"BOUDOIR" BY JACEK YERKA (2010)

"CASTLE" BY JACEK YERKA (2008)

"CASTLE" BY JACEK YERKA (2008)

Jacek Yerka

Jacek Yerka was born in northern Poland (Torun) in 1952. Both of his parents were amateur artists. He began to draw surreal images as an escape from what he calls "the grey, sometimes horrifying reality" of living behind the Iron Curtain.

Yerka began to make a pretty good living in the 1970s as a poster maker. Today his surreal paintings are displayed around the world at art shows and in art galleries, and hang in art museums in his native Poland where he is considered a national treasure.

Yerka adheres to a meticulous classic Flemish technique. His major influences include Bosch, Breugel, and van Eyck. His art includes imagery from his childhood in the 1950s, as well as from his dreams.

"FINAL FRONTIER VOYAGER" BY GEORGE GRIE

"FINAL FRONTIER VOYAGER" BY GEORGE GRIE

"MINDSCAPE" BY GEORGE GRIE

"MINDSCAPE" BY GEORGE GRIE

George Grie

George Grie was born in the Soviet Union in 1962. His neo surrealist art was featured at successful shows around Europe from 1985 to 1995. He then settled in Toronto and became the lead media specialist for IBM.

Grie has become famous for his strong, powerful images of visual paradoxes. There is a stillness, a melancholy, and a dark tonality about his artwork. He uses a photorealistic distinction technique.

Grie creates for us a magical dream-like world of mystic romanticism. He gives us a journey into his subconscious, where we find both tranquility and tension.

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"MI" BY FRANCIS PICABIA (1929)

"MI" BY FRANCIS PICABIA (1929)

"SALOME" BY FRANCIS PICABIA (1930)

"SALOME" BY FRANCIS PICABIA (1930)

Francis Picabia

Francis Picabia (1879-1953) was born in Paris to a French mother and Spanish father. He studied at the same art academy at which Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec had studied. His early work was influenced by the Impressionist Sisley.

Picabia got into Cubism and became friends with Duchamp. He became one of the people who introduced America to Modern Art. But while in New York, hanging out with Man Ray, drugs and alcohol took a toll of his health.

He lived in Barcelona and then Zurich, where he ventured into Dada art. He was also depressed and suicidal. Upon moving back to Paris, he was befriended by Andre Breton and Gertrude Stein. In Paris he began to paint the surrealist art for which he is most famous.

"THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE" BY RENE MAGRITTE (1937)

"THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE" BY RENE MAGRITTE (1937)

"THE THERAPIST" BY RENE MAGRITTE (1941)

"THE THERAPIST" BY RENE MAGRITTE (1941)

Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte (1898-1967) was from Belgium. His father made and sold clothes while his mother made hats. He said he hoped his art would be seen as "Poetic Paintings."

Magritte painting illusionistic pictures that transformed objects into images. His work is witty and thought-provoking. His surrealist art has been described as "Detailed Realism" and "Magic Realism."

He began his artistic career as an Impressionist, moved into Futurism and then Cubism. He was a soldier, a draftsman, and illustrator for posters and advertisements, as well as becoming known for painting nude women.

He moved to Paris with his wife and met Andre Breton. Thus began his career as a surrealist artist. He moved to London and then back to Brussels, where he was quite successful as an art forge.

Magritte described his surreal paintings as "visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, 'What does that mean?' It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable."

"THE STATION AT PERPIGNAN" BY SALVADOR DALI (1965)

"THE STATION AT PERPIGNAN" BY SALVADOR DALI (1965)

"THE ASCENSION OF CHRIST" BY SALVADOR DALI (1958)

"THE ASCENSION OF CHRIST" BY SALVADOR DALI (1958)

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali (1904-1989) is the most famous of all the Surrealist artists. He also might have been the greatest self-promoter in art history. His paintings have been described as "paranoid dreams" that are "distorted and frightening."

Dali was from Catalonia, Spain. He became a skilled draftsman who was noted for being an eccentric dandy. His art was from the start bizarre and striking, and his behavior unusual and grandiose.

His father was a lawyer who, after his wife died, married his wife's sister. Salvador believed he was the reincarnation of his older brother that died at the age of two—eight months before he was born.

Salvador Dali was expelled from the School of Fine Arts in Madrid for stirring up some sort of insurrection. He painted some art that was Cubist and Dadaist before declaring in 1934: "I myself am Surrealism."

Dali loved the art of Picasso and Miro, but his greatest influences were Raphael, Vermeer, and Velazquez. He came to know Sigmund Freud and Coco Chanel before he moved to the United States for eight years in the 1940s, where he re-embraced Catholicism.

In 1947, Salvador Dali underwent an exorcism by a Catholic priest and exorcist. In 1949 he moved back to Catalonia for good. From then on he was fascinated by eggs, holographs, the atom, and DNA. For the rest of his life he was a devout Catholic.

After his beloved wife Gala died in 1982, he lost his will to live and became suicidal. He will be forever known for his long cape and upturned waxed mustache. He once said, "Every morning upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dalí."

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James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 03, 2019:

Ausra Budryte ~ Thank you for visiting my Hub and for your thoughtful insights.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 03, 2019:

Carrie Lee Night ~ You are quite welcome. Thank you for the awesome accolades. I just love the way you described surreal art. Well done! I will come over and check out your hub.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 03, 2019:

Kelly Kline Burnett ~ I am so glad you enjoy my articles and I appreciate you saying so. I don't know much about the market value of art. That is a good question but one for which I stand unqualified to answer. Thank you for reading my work.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 03, 2019:

Saviour ~ I certainly appreciate your keen insights.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 03, 2019:

Silva Hayes ~ Thank you so much for visiting my Hub. I sincerely appreciate your kind compliments on my work, and even more the 'voted up' and hitting the 'interesting' button for me.

Ausra Budryte on July 26, 2014:

oh wow!! Gediminas is the first in a line :) big surprise for me. Regards for the author ;) Gediminas is my "homy"

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on June 30, 2014:

Surrealism is what dreams are made of. It may not have rhyme nor reason, but it speaks to you :) Surrealism is my favorite type of art because it defies all the rules and flows on its own :) thank you for writing this fabulous hub. Have a great day. P.s. if you like art you may like my fink art story. The picture was done by me (computer art of course) :)

Kelly Kline Burnett from Fontana, WI on September 01, 2013:

I always enjoy your hubs James, another fine job, I would expect nothing less.

I considered investing in Dali and later Pino. Both I have tracked and the market gains have been nominal so my choice to avoid was wise.

Any insights into what has faired the market well? Just the extreme, museum quality pieces seem to 1.) hold value and 2.) provide sufficient long-term market returns.

Saviour on August 28, 2013:

This just silly! If your kid can't eat pancakes becusae they aren't in the shape of mickey mouse you have bigger issues than a restaurant not making the pancakes.

Silva Hayes from Spicewood, Texas on April 04, 2013:

Great Hub! I really like that quote of Dali's at the end; amusing! The illustrations you chose are quite powerful ... Yerka's make me feel anxious! Great job (as usual), James. Voted Up and interesting.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 30, 2012:

Derdriu— That is some alliteration you got going there, my friend. :)

Those "Picabias" are something, aren't they? Beautiful.

I appreciate the awesome accolades and the lovely laudations! Thank you ever much as well for the "Voted up + UFABI." You are too kind. Always a pleasure.

Faithfully Yours,

James

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 30, 2012:

GmaGoldie— Thank you for taking the time to stop and see me. Congratulations on your new job and good luck.

Goya is listed in Art books as a Romantic Painter. I have heard it said that he was the last of the Old Masters and the first of the Moderns. I see your point though. Very much so. I don't think artists were labeled Surrealists until the 20th Century.

I agree with you that "Art should lift us up." I explored that idea in another Hub of mine called "Beauty is the Purpose of Art."

https://hubpages.com/art/Beauty-is-the-purpose-of-...

"The Surrealists seem dark and disjointed," as you say. One reason could be that they originally popped up around the times of the Two World Wars that made the world itself seem dark and disjointed.

You pose a great question. I would say for the successful Surrealist artist the answer would generally be, "Yes." Because success at one's vocation is one barometer of happiness. With community, family, and faith being the others.

I appreciate your excellent remarks. It is always a pleasure when you visit.

James :-)

Derdriu on May 29, 2012:

James, What a magnificent, meritorious, monumental discussion of surrealism art through key surrealist artists. In particular, I appreciate your presenting the biographies and sample work of each of the surrealists that you highlight. In fact, you do a really great job of explaining what each artist brought to the surrealist palette. Additionally, I particularly like the samples you chose for Francis Picabia.

Voted up + UFABI (a given since it's James A. Watkins the author).

Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing, Derdriu

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 23, 2012:

LauraD093— You are quite welcome. I am well pleased when I see that you have visited or revisited one of my Hubs.

I appreciate the compliments and I hope your muse is properly stimulated. Thanks again! :-)

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on May 21, 2012:

James,

I have a new job and am traveling a little bit less and some weeks a little bit more but always find time for stopping by to see you.

In the movie Money Never Sleeps with Michael Douglas, the painting Saturn Devouring Its Son by Goya - is Goya a Surrealist?

I find Goya and many of the art on your hub under the title of Surrealist to be morbid and foreboding.

I feel strongly art should lift us up. The Impressionists are the lighter side of the art world with the world out of focus but blurred in the light of happiness.

Sadly, the Surrealist seam dark and disjointed.

My world, the world I choose and the art I choose is bright and happy and better than reality.

Uplifting art with color that invokes a smile.

I am painting my hallway the color of the teal blue sea.

So having stated all of this, I must ask you this: "Is there such as thing as a happy Surrealist?"

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 21, 2012:

endless sea— You are welcome. Still. :D

Laura Tykarski from Pittsburgh PA on May 17, 2012:

It was really nice to revisit this Hub and take a look at the additional comments made. A fan always of surrealism I find the pictures you used helpful in stimulating my own slightly skewed muse. Ty again for a well written visually stimulating hub.

Akhand Pratap SIngh from Lucknow(U.P.) India on May 17, 2012:

Thank you!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 17, 2012:

endless sea— You are quite welcome. Thank you for the gracious compliments. I sincerely appreciate the visit and the voted up and beautiful. I am glad you love the gallery of paintings I selected. Welcome the HubPages Community!

Akhand Pratap SIngh from Lucknow(U.P.) India on May 16, 2012:

very nice and beautiful.. The hub is great and provides very interesting info but what I loved the most are the pics. They are just so beautiful can't get my eyes off them. voted up and beautiful and Thank you :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 09, 2012:

Jane LaLone— Thank you for saying so. Bosch is pretty out there alright. But I like his paintings very much. They can keep me busy for a while. I appreciate the visit to my Hub as well as your comments. :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 09, 2012:

Golden Field— You are quite welcome! :-)

Jane LaLone on March 07, 2012:

Nice collection of work and artists. I thought Dali was interesting, until I saw the work of Bosch. I love to see them in the museum, but wouldn't want them to hang in my house!

Golden Field on March 04, 2012:

thank you so much!!!!:D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 04, 2012:

Golden Field— No worries, G. Field. I wouldn't know how to advertise for you. What you should do is go around and visit all the other Hubbers who are into Art—there are LOTS of them—and introduce yourself and tell them what your Hubs are about. I hope that helps!

james

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 02, 2012:

Golden Field— Welcome to the HubPages Community! I am glad you enjoyed this Hub. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

Golden Field on February 25, 2012:

One of my favorite kinds of artwork, i am an artist so this is all interesting

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 19, 2012:

phdast7— Thank you, Theresa, for expressing your appreciation of my Hub on Surrealism Art. What a coincidence that your father shares the same name as one of my featured artists! Thanks again for visiting. :-)

James

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on February 17, 2012:

Wonderful Hub on Surrealism and some of the important Surrealists. I have never heard of Jacek Yerka. I believe I will look into his work, because he seems interesting and because my father's name was Jacek and he was also Polish. :) Theresa

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 11, 2012:

alocsin- You are welcome. Thank you very much for the voted up and interesting. I appreciate this visit and your remarks.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 11, 2012:

One of my favorite forms and yet there are artists here I've never heard of. Thanks for pointing them out. Voting this Up and Interesting.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 10, 2012:

LauraD093- Welcome to the HubPages Community!

I have heard the name Escher and I know I have seen his art but I cannot bring it to mind at the moment. I am going to check him out! :)

Thank you very much for your kind compliments. I appreciate the visit, and you are quite welcome.

Laura Tykarski from Pittsburgh PA on February 09, 2012:

A big fan of Escher from way...way back I thought I would take a peek at this particular Hub and I was not disappointed. I need to get out more or visit my nearest Barnes and Nobel bookstore immediately. I wasn't even familiar with some of this digital artistry. Ty for a well written and photographically stunning hub.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 07, 2012:

AudreyHowitt— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 07, 2012:

SanneL— You are quite welcome. I am glad you enjoyed reading this. Thank you for the laudations.

I totally agree with you about George Grie. As you said so well, "His strong and powerful artwork is set in a dream-like, mystical and magical world."

Brilliant!

I am well pleased to meet a kindred spirit, who like me, "appreciates art in its many forms and expressions." :-)

James

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 07, 2012:

stessily— I love how you put that: "the promise of hope, love, and faith which characterize Jesus' teachings."

Amen.

And yes, "Christ of St John of the Cross" is "a painting which conveys much mysticism and power. The absence of blood, nails, and the crown of thorns from Jesus' body is compelling and emphasizes an incomparable purity in this image of Jesus."

You have once again exhibited a discerning eye and delectable prose.

Thank you. And God Bless You. My friend.

James

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 06, 2012:

snakeslane— You are welcome and thank you. :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 06, 2012:

4FoodSafety— What art I was once had is now gone, alas. I did not have any Surrealism Art. I tend to prefer Rennaissance Art, or if it is newer art I personally go for Realistic scenes.

I am sure the value of Dali's pieces soared after his death. I think he is the unquestioned master at this artform, in my opinion.

I agree with you that this type of art is unique. I appreciate your comments. Thank you for visiting.

Audrey Howitt from California on February 06, 2012:

I love surrealism! And what a great variety you have put together here--

SanneL from Sweden on February 06, 2012:

An exceptional hub from start to finish.

I appreciate art in its many forms and expressions, as well as surrealism art that entices my mind. I admire notables like George Grie. His strong and powerful artwork is set in a dream-like, mystical and magical world.

I truly enjoyed reading this.

James - Thank you once again for an excellent hub.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 06, 2012:

lilyfly— You are most welcome, my dear. I am well pleased that you left this page feeling satisfied.

Thank you for your encouragement of my writing, Lily. I always look forward to hearing from you.

James

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 06, 2012:

drbj— Magritte and Dali are the most popular of all the Surrealist artists, from what I can tell. I just discovered Pranckevicius and Yerka as I was looking for paintings to include in this Hub, and their art dazzles me.

I like how Surrealist Art is "very open to interpretation." It means different things to different people.

Thank you for coming by. I appreciate your kind words and the voted up. And you are quite welcome. :)

stessily on February 06, 2012:

James, "Christ of St John of the Cross" is my favorite by Salvador Dali. It's a painting which conveys much mysticism and power. The absence of blood, nails, and the crown of thorns from Jesus' body is compelling and emphasizes an incomparable purity in this image of Jesus. For me it is an image of peace and promise --- so it's a nice image for your latest hub on Third Millennium Ministries, which seem to be inspired by peace and by spreading, through their free materials, the promise of hope, love, and faith which characterize Jesus' teachings.

Kind regards, Stessily

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 06, 2012:

John Sarkis— Thank you for your gracious accolades and blessings, my friend. It is always a distinct pleasure to read your comments. God Bless You!

james

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 06, 2012:

agreenworld— I'm with you; I also love both of the George Grie paintings. They are hauntingly beautiful.

As you said so well, "Our minds are capable of so much imagery. If we could really tap in . . . "

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 05, 2012:

stessily— I chose this subject because I had not written about art in a long time, though early on many of my Hubs were about painting. Plus, another Hubber requested of me a Hub about Surrealism Art, maybe a year ago, and I never fufilled that request. I am glad I once again ventured into my love of art.

The "Sacrament of the Last Supper," by Salvador Dali was among the two paintings I wanted to include in this gallery, but for time constraints and MTV attention spans, at the end I eliminated it and my other favorite by him "Christ of St John of the Cross."

I rectified this last omission by using it in my latest Hub. :)

I absolutely love "Salome" too. Thank you for your affirmation and encouragement.

James

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 05, 2012:

Hyphenbird— You are quite welcome, my dear. I am glad you enjoyed the journey.

I am thankful that you took the time to review this gallery. I very much appreciate your gracious comments. :-)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 04, 2012:

picklesandrufus— An Art Major! It is an honor to have you here. Thank you for kind compliment and the voted up. :-)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 04, 2012:

Dolores Monet— Hello. I too seem to remember some kind of connection between Dali and a Hitchcock movie. As you say, Surrealism can be "both beautiful and creepy."

I am glad you like my Hub. Thank you for coming over. :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 04, 2012:

Apostle Jack— You are welcome. I like your comments. "a world within itself. First the thought,and then out comes the picture."

Amen!

Thank you for this visitation. It is good to hear from you.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 04, 2012:

mandymoreno81— Welcome to the HubPages Community!

I enjoyed reading your insightful, thoughtful remarks. Thank you for taking the time to peruse my Hub.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 04, 2012:

charles wade— You are most welcome, kind sir. I appreciate your nice note.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on February 04, 2012:

Thanks for heads up on the image usage James, much appreciated.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 04, 2012:

Diana Lee— Thank you for coming by to check out my Hub. I appreciate your comments, especially the way you put this:

"A fantasy world of any source is sure to relieve the stress of reality."

Kelly Kline Burnett from Fontana, WI on February 04, 2012:

James,

This was awesome.I admire this but don't care for it. Art is so important for the human spirit and condition and this type is very unique.

I had a friend who collected Dali - amazing works of art. After he died in 1989, did his art work become more valuable?

I know you have an extensive collection, do you have any - if so which artist is your personal favorite?

Lillian K. Staats from Wasilla, Alaska on February 03, 2012:

I am so glad you tackled this one, James, I believe our subconcious is a window to other planes. As always, thorough and satifying,thank you... lily

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 03, 2012:

no body— Brother Bob!! Hello there. I just now took a look at Boris Vallejo's art and wow! It is eye-popping in more ways than one. The man can paint boobies, I'll hand him that.

I love Dali's later work. His various paintings of Christ seemed sort of offensive to me at first glance. As I have studied them more over the years the more I love them and think them strikingly beautiful. They are unusual, unconventional, to be sure.

Thank you for your thoughtful comments, my friend. And I am grateful for your compliments.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 03, 2012:

Faithful Daughter— You are most welcome. How nice it is to see you voice your appreciation of some of the younger artists.

You wrote: "An in-depth look into artist's lives, old and new, you'll find how interestingly and strikingly odd many had or have serious psychological issues."

Oh yes, that is true. I might have downplayed that a bit. Excellent point.

Thank you for praising my selections. I am glad you enjoyed this Hub. It is very good to "see" you again.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 03, 2012:

Eiddwen— You are quite welcome, my dear. Thank you for the "up,up,and away!"

I very much appreciate your lovely laudations.

James

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 03, 2012:

Curiad— Thank you very much for the accolades! I am well pleased to see you have expressed your enjoyment at this Hub. I appreciate this visitation. "Mi" is one of my favorite surrealist paintings.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 03, 2012:

angie ashbourne— Thank you!! Thank you very much!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 03, 2012:

Kaie Arwen— You are welcome. The way the pictures fit on the page one of them had to be full-sized. "Salome" was recommended and it is so lovely that I could not refuse. As you say, Picabia created a masterpiece with that painting.

I am glad you enjoyed this Hub. "The Castle" is no doubt magnificent. These 12 works of art emerged as my personal favorites in this genre after reviewing hundreds of candidates.

As always, I appreciate your ongong support and encouragement. Thank you for your most excellent and insightful remarks. :D

JJRBJ

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 03, 2012:

mackyi— I am like you in that I am no art expert but I love art and I know the art I love when I see it. :)

I appreciate the "voted up and interesting." Thank you for taking the time to review my gallery.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 03, 2012:

snakeslane— Hello! Thank you for being my first visitor! I am surely glad to see that you enjoyed this Hub.

The images I used of living artists were found on their own websites, except for Mr. Pranckevicius. On those websites were notices that the images may be freely used except in a commercial venture. While this Hub might eventually bring me $5 for five hours work, I doubt that qualifies as a commercial venture under any reasonable definition. If I hear objections from the artists, I will gladly remove their sections forthwith.

I appreciate your kind comments. And you are most welcome. :-)

James

drbj and sherry from south Florida on February 03, 2012:

Well, James, you have done it again - added a whole new legion of admirers (at least on Hubpages) to surrealism and surreal art.

My favorites have always been Magritte and Dali. Now I will have to add Pranckevicius and Yerka. I do admire their work - neat and detailed and very open to interpretation.

Thank you once again for this outstanding piece of work. You ARE a piece of work, m'dear. I mean that, of course, in only the most positive way! Voted up.

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on February 03, 2012:

Hi James, this is such a great hub, but then what can I say about your works that I haven't said already.

Take care and God Bless

John

Dawn A. Harden from CT-USA on February 02, 2012:

Final Frontier and Mindscape are my favorites. Our minds are capable of so much imagery. If we could really tap into it's full potential we would blow our own minds. Very interesting hub.

stessily on February 02, 2012:

James, Superb presentation, research, image choices. This hub is a work of art.

Salvador Dali has fascinated me, baffled me, repelled me, and majorly weirded me out since way back when! I am drawn to his "Sacrament of the Last Supper," wondering what I'm missing. In a way it's not surprising that it's the most viewed painting in the National Gallery.

"Salome" is exquisite.

Excellent. All the votes! I really love it when you write about art!

Kind regards, Stessily

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on February 02, 2012:

These are fascinating and beautiful.

your descriptions and information are great. I am going to review this again. Thanks James for this magnificent voyage into surrealism art.

picklesandrufus from Virginia Beach, Va on February 02, 2012:

Great hub! I love surrealism and was an art major...this hub was like a flash back to art history class! vote up!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on February 02, 2012:

Hi James - wonderful introduction to surrealism. It is a fascinating art form and can be both beautiful and creepy. Now I recall that Alfred Hitchcock employed Dali to create the dream sequence in one of his great movies, think it was Spellbound.

Apostle Jack from Atlanta Ga on February 02, 2012:

So as you say,so as it is that abstract and creative art is a world within itself. First the thought,and then out comes the picture. You did it well.Thanks for sharing.

mandymoreno81 on February 02, 2012:

Surrealist art is so bizarre but it's a breath of fresh air compared to the works before it. It's witty, insane, and I think really draws from just wild imagination.

charles wade from Chicago, Illinois on February 02, 2012:

James, I loved it. I look forward to every new hub you do. Thanks

Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on February 02, 2012:

This is a very interesting hub. A fantasy world of any source is sure to relieve the stress of reality. Something we all need a break from now and then.

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on February 02, 2012:

Howdy Favorite Historian! Salvadore Dali used to be my favorite artist and I still love the things his pictures do in my head. But I have had another artist that has been my favorite for more years and I did not know it. His work was on fantasy novels for years and I had been looking at them and wishing there was a way to keep every book cover. I found a website and got my favorite ones from Boris Vallejo. I know some of them are a bit risque and so when I am in certain moods I can not look at them but most of the time I can. Anyway wonderful hub yet again.

Evie Lopez from Sunny Florida on February 02, 2012:

James,

Thanks for writing on one of my favorite subjects... art. Your choice of examples were superb. I favor the works of Gediminas Pranckevicius and Jacek Yerka for their use of vibrant colors; they are very talented artists in pastels and digital art.

An in-depth look into artist's lives, old and new, you'll find how interestingly and strikingly odd many had or have serious psychological issues. It ranges from psychotic and narcissistic behavior to depressed and suicidal tendencies, something that is reflected in many of their paintings. Some even had criminal charges brought up against them. However, where they lacked in social skills and stability they excelled in their paintings.

Thanks for sharing this bit of information on art with your readers. I really enjoyed this hub.

Eiddwen from Wales on February 02, 2012:

An absolutely amazing hub.

It was so interesing and well presented so thank you so much for sharing.

Up up and away here without a doubt!!!

Take care;

Eddy.

Curiad on February 02, 2012:

James, this is an outstanding hub! I particularly enjoy "Mi" by Francis Picabia. Being a student of graphic design and a long time "self taught" photographer, I truly enjoyed this masterfully written hub.

angie ashbourne on February 02, 2012:

Hi! James Awesome Hub. My favorite is Salvador Dali. Angie

Kaie Arwen on February 02, 2012:

JJRBJ- Simply beautiful! Although this genre of art is not my usual preference, the paintings you've included here are absolutely beautiful......

Thank you for displaying Salome in such a prominent position....... Picabia has certainly succeeded in capturing her many faces, not an easy feat when depicting such a multifaceted subject..... that he was able to convey not only her physical beauty, but her inner ~ not so beautiful traits as well is commendable..... I am impressed.

The "Castle," definitely my favorite........... but you already know that!

;-D

Beautifully done........... I've enjoyed. K

mackyi on February 02, 2012:

James,I am very grateful for this hub. I really love art works, especially abstract. These images that you present here are so picturesque!You have also thought me something new "Surrealism Art", honestly, this is the first time I have heard of this art term. Well, let me say I am not as deep as you are --I just love art work,that's it! Voted up interesting.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on February 02, 2012:

Hello James A Watkins. I'm really enjoying this vivid and colorful gallery of surrealistic paintings by the world's best artists, past and present. Being somewhat new to Hub Pages I am amazed at your use of the images here, especially those of artists still living, as I am almost always afraid to use any images that are not my own, not understanding the complex copyright rigamarole involved. I wish I knew more about that. I'm hoping you will tell me more? I find this Hub fascinating and really beautiful. Magritte and Dali I have seen in the past, but the others are new to me. I find Francis Picabia's work a nice, easy, softer (less jarring) example of surrealistic painting. Thank you so much for sharing this J AW. I will definitely be back to have another look and enjoy. Regards, snakeslane

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