As you might have noticed from my posts from time to time I am into art forms that is expressed through surreal images. Fx i like the book genre magic realism. Fx in Shahrnush Parsipurs ” Women without men” the character “Mahdokht” can´t handle her psychological issues regarding sex & her wanting children anymore. In desperation she wishes to be a tree, because that way she can reproduce without having intercourse. And then she becomes a human tree.
The surreal manifesto was first defined by André Breton as: “Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express — verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner — the actual functioning of thought. Dictated by the thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern.”
The most famous surrealist is probably Salvador Dalí. With artworks like the Sleep, Galatea of the Spheres and Dream caused by the Flight of a bee around a pomegranate ( he must have been laughing his ass of when I figured out that title). While Dali´s paintings makes your mind blow up with thoughts & curiosity he never revealed much about his works meaning so it´s kind of a mystery & qualified guessing when it comes to analysis of Dali´s work.
This painting is called “Sleep”. It´s supposed to deal with a Freudian theme of dreams that surrealists related to ( as in the manifesto above). The huge head is sort of hanging in a landscape supported by thin crutches. It´s separated from the body sort of like when we are dreaming-with our minds only we can go anywhere & everything is possible.
Claude Cahun was born Lucy Schwob. She was one of the few surrealist women who didn´t write, but was a photographer. Her work was often a comment on how she saw gender as constructed. During the second world war she and her lifelong partner Suzanne Malherbe teased the german soldiers with notes at the gravestones saying:” Finally the war is over as far as I´m concerned.” & put flyers from the resistance movement in the soldiers cars when possible. Sounds pretty harmless & funny to me, but they got a death sentence & was sent to jail. Luckily they were released when the war was over. As you see the couple was gay & sort of pioneers when it comes to living out in the open.
These are self portraits. What a cool woman! Indeed ahead of her time.
Pictures from Kvinfo