Friday Night Gallery Chat / From Salvador Dali to Frida Kahlo Surrealism’s Influence Lingers

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Good Evening everyone, it isn’t raining!!! (had to get that out)  Tonight  Surrealism is on my mind.  Two of the most flamboyant artists from that movement are Salvador Dali (Spain) and Frida Kahlo ( Mexico) though  the impetus behind their work is miles apart, both expressed a unique and original interpretation of  its tenets.

Surrealists delved into their inner psyches to dredge up images feelings and dreams which they then portrayed to an unsuspecting world.   Some of the work could be considered risque and bizarre at times but there was always an underlying truth to what was being expressed.

One aspect of surrealism was the effort to set free the mental landscape that exist within us all.  They used automatic writing as a way to loosen up the imagery lying beneath the surface of daily events. 

The Persistence of Memory
Artist Salvador Dalí
Year 1931
Type oil on canvas
Dimensions 24 cm × 33 cm (9.5 in × 13 in)
Location Museum of Modern Art, New York City

What do you think is the reason the clock is melting?

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo, Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, Nikolas Muray Collection, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin[1]
Birth name Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón
Born July 6, 1907(1907-07-06)
Coyoacán, Mexico
Died July 13, 1954 (aged 47)
Coyoacán, Mexico
Nationality Mexican
Field Painting
Training Self–taught
Movement Surrealism

What do the animals in this painting make you think of?


 They began experimenting with automatic writing—spontaneously writing without censoring their thoughts—and published the “automatic” writings, as well as accounts of dreams, in Littérature. 

Freud’s work with free association, dream analysis and the hidden unconscious was of the utmost importance to the Surrealists in developing methods to liberate imagination. However, they embraced idiosyncrasy, while rejecting the idea of an underlying madness or darkness of the mind. (Later the idiosyncratic Salvador Dalí explained it as: “There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.”[4])

The group aimed to revolutionize human experience, including its personal, cultural, social, and political aspects, by freeing people from what they saw as false rationality, and restrictive customs and structures.


The Philadelphia Museum of Art used a surreal entrance display including its steps, for the 2005 Salvador Dalí exhibition

Dalí produced over 1,500 paintings in his career

La Casa Azul in Coyoacán (photo taken in 2005).

All Images from WIKIPEDIA

Frida’s home in Mexico houses many of her paintings.


Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for the visual artworks and writings of the group members.

Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur; however, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artifact. Leader André Breton was explicit in his assertion that Surrealism was above all a revolutionary movement.

Surrealism developed out of the Dadaactivities of World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920s on, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film, and music, of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, philosophy and social theory.  FROM WIKIPEDIA


Have a peaceful night!

(updated spelling errors- you know Hemingway could not spell either! I’m just saying…)



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3 responses to “Friday Night Gallery Chat / From Salvador Dali to Frida Kahlo Surrealism’s Influence Lingers

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  2. Dan

    The “Persistence of Memory” just finished a world wide tour. The “Dali & Film” exhibit was impressive.


  3. Hello, Just the painting alone? Or was it a retrospective of his work? And thanks for stopping by!

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