The first impulses of surrealism appeared one year before the end of the First World War. The new art movement developed practically out of Dadaism. In the inter-war period, it became a fairly influential movement on a global scale whose followers actively explored their dreams and the unconscious in their respective environments. There were several leading proponents of surrealism, including the Belgian artist René Magritte .
This exceptionally talented painter managed to construct an impeccable and profoundly philosophical aesthetic that could both be considered cathartic and enigmatic. Embedded in humor and self-irony, Magritte's paintings form the basis for movements that emerged later in the century, such as pop art, minimalism and conceptual art.
The great artist was born on this day, November 21
Selected image: Rene Magritte – La Trahison of the Image. All images courtesy of the Samhart Gallery.