Top Surrealism Paintings

Top Surrealism Paintings

Journey Through Surrealism: Surrealist Art Pioneers Masterpieces

In the early 20 th century, a revolutionary art movement known as Surrealism concerned itself with releasing subconscious forces of creativity. Aided by visionaries, the surrealist movement yielded interesting and provocative works that defied common standards in art. In this quest, we describe 10 great surrealist paintings by the genre’s maestros.

"The Persistence of Memory" by Salvador Dalí (1931):
Salvador Dalí’s famous melting clocks in “The Persistence of Memory” are the surreal depiction that time behaves unpredictably. The surreal setting and deformed images lead the spectators to think about reality.

"The Elephants" by Salvador Dalí (1948):
Another Dalí work, "The Elephants" depicts long-legged elephant that are carrying obelisks on their backs. This surreal work addresses the issues of zero gravity and impenetrable memory.

"The Lovers" by René Magritte (1928):
René Magritte, one of the importance figures in surrealism painted The Lovers it shows a couple kissing immersed under cloth. This juxtaposition between the intimacy and concealed identity augments our perception of reality.

"The Son of Man" by René Magritte (1964):
Magritte’s “The Son of Man” is a self-portrait with an extra layer – his face hides behind ‘the green apple floating above it.” The surreal aspect causes the reflection on identity and perception connection.

"The Elephants" by Max Ernst (1921):
Fantastical creatures are portrayed in the dreamy landscapes of Max Ernst’s “The Elephants”. Rather, the abnormal anatomy and strange location create otherworldly ambiance that is one of Ernst’s high points in surrealism.


The Red Tower" by Yves Tanguy (1925):
Yves Tanguy, “The Red Tower,” offers viewers a look into an abstract and mysterious landscape. The organic forms and bright colors introduce a dreamlike feel to the paintings, which suggests readings of unconsciousness.

"The Accommodations of Desire" by Salvador Dalí (1929):
In the ‘The Accommodations of Desire’ by Dalí, we see strange figures oscillating in a surreal world. This surrealist painting is a perfect example of how much Dali enjoyed the unusual and subconscious mind.

"The Temptation of Saint Anthony" by Salvador Dalí (1946):
The representation by Dalí of the classic theme on “The Temptation Of Saint Anthony” has elements in surreal hallucination. Dalí’s skill in incorporating religious subjects with his spiritual dreamlike approach gets its perfect epitome here from the painting.

"The Great Masturbator" by Salvador Dalí (1929):
Another recognizable work of Dalí’s, “The Great Masturbator,” is a surrealistic portrayal that centers on sexuality and the personality. This painting is a provoking and mysterious work due to the warped figures and abstract elements.

"The Human Condition" by René Magritte (1933):
The painted scene of Magritte’s “The Human Condition” destabilizes the viewer by introducing a canvas next to it. The surrealistic commentary on representation and reality is also a feature of Magritte’s style.

This dreamlike surrealist imagination, achieved by geniuses such as Salvador Dalí a René Magritte, Max Ernst and Yves Tanguy continues to fascinate their audience. Every painting of surrealism at Canvas art paintings  encourages discovery of the limits between reality and fantasy that make these works lasting flags for human subconscious. As we admire these masterpieces, we begin to travel through the fantastic, where fantasy is all too real and reality beyond question.