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Definition a 20th century movement of artists and writers who used impossible or unlikely images to represent unconscious thoughts and dreams
  • Salvador Dali is the most famous of the artists of the surrealism movement.
  • Someone brought a candle, and as blackness descended around us, its small, flickering light added to the surrealism of the scene.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Poets and painters, especially the surrealists, attempted to exploit the power of the unconscious in their work.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Compared with the rest of them, I get off easy: "naïve surrealism with a twist of feminist lemon."
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • On one wall of a hardware store, I ventured into surrealism with floating objects and distorted faces.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • From the point of view of this formulation, Surrealism in plastic art is a reactionary tendency which is attempting to restore "outside" subject matter.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • It was not like the surrealists.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Ford leaped to his rescue, hazarding "... counterpoint the surrealism of the underlying metaphor of the ... er ..."
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • I saw a book called Dada and the Art of Surrealism for $8.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • The shirt was a screen print of a famous Surrealist artwork by Rene Magritte in which he drew a pipe and then beneath it wrote in cursive Ceci n'est pas une pipe.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • There is a new patient in one of the empty beds, a middle-aged man whose face looks like one of those surrealist paintings: half of it looks normal, handsome even, the other half is a mess of blood, gauze, and stitching, like someone just blew it off.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • An aunt of mine remembers his coming to dinner and continually breaking into song, but many of his dark claustrophobic pieces in Residence on Earth were written here, poems that saw this landscape governed by a crowded surrealism—full of vegetable oppressiveness.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Max sat down to take a breather, perusing some of the spines before him: Great Works of the Nineteenth Century, Art of the Baroque, Secret Techniques of the Old Masters, Dada and Surrealism, The Genius of Rembrandt, Hidden Symbols of Bernini, A Renaissance of Art and Man, Dutch Masters of the Seventeenth Century, The Postmodern Dilemma ... "David," Max hissed, overwhelmed by the thick books and unfamiliar names.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • And remember the surrealists trying to produce so-called automatic writing.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • In one sense, the surrealist artist is also a medium, that is to say, a means or a link.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • The surrealists tried to exploit this by putting themselves into a state where things just happened by themselves.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • The word surrealism comes from the French, and means 'super realism.'
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • "Hmmm," he said, "counterpoint the surrealism of the underlying metaphor ..."
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • What are surrealists?
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World

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