Following the Traditions of Surrealists
Oscar Wilde once made an interesting statement: “No great artist ever sees things as they really are, if he did he would cease to be an artist.” Maybe that explains why so many artists tend to distract from reality, transforming the actual objects into some intricate, often absolutely surreal, images and shapes… At the same time, we, the viewers, in order to decipher the message, coded by an artist, often need to follow a reversed cognitive procedure, finding links between imaginary signs and reality.
Unbelievable, incredible, and surrealistic images by the modern creative and unconventionally thinking artists are within the scope of the below showcase. Creation of most of them was inspired by the ideas of surrealism; so let us remind a few quick facts about this particular art movement. Having appeared in the second decade of the 20th century and being deeply influenced by Dadaism movement in arts and philosophy, surrealism most important center has always been Paris. However, the movement quickly gained multiple advocates and admirers and thus spread overseas and became popular around the globe. And actually, there is nothing strange about it, as the main feature and goal of surrealism is to surprise, catch the audience, and fascinate people with obscurity, incomprehensibility, and mystery. Even if a surrealistic art piece seems easy to understand, that understanding shocks foremost.
Surrealism movement and ideas deeply penetrated and greatly influenced further development of literature, music, cinematography, philosophy, and even politics in the 20th century. However, surrealism is, first of all, about visual images, which is exactly what interests us – editors and readers of Cruzine magazine. So, let us enjoy now the works of modern illustrators, armed with digital tools and inspired by the glorious legacy of surrealism.