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ART 301 Modern Art
Reading Worksheet: Chapter 12 (Surrealism)
1. What is surrealism? Describe the role Andre Breton played in establishing surrealism as a style of art. What two major directions did surrealism take in painting? (pp. 178-79)
2. What is automatism? How does it relate to surrealism? (pp. 178-81)
3. How is the work of Salvador Dali different from the work of earlier surrealists like Miro and Ernst? (pp. 181-82)
4. Why did Dali paint like a “madman?” (pp. 182-83) What were some of Dali’s favorite themes?
5. What contribution did Man Ray make to surrealism? (p. 183)
6. What was Rene Magritte attempting to accomplish in his surrealist works? In particular, what does think about words and images that represent words? (pp. 184-85)
7. What ideas were surrealist artists expressing trough the “surrealist objects” they created? In particular, discuss the works of Oppenheim and Bellmer shown in the text. (pp. 186-87)
8. Discuss Picasso’s contributions to surrealist art. In particular, discuss his Seated Bather, Woman in a Garden, and Girl before a Mirror. (pp. 190-93)
9. How did photography contribute to surrealism? In particular, discuss the work of Kertesz and Cartier-Bresson. (pp. 193-94) What tensions are at play in Cartier-Bresson’s Arena, Valencia, Spain? (p. 194)

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