The following presentations are used to educate students about Salvador Dali and his work as the greatest surrealistic painter to live. For additional resources visit the Salvador Dali Museum online. and




ELEMENTS OF SURREALISM
VISUALIZING A FANTASY

Salvador Dali and the Surrealist used inner feelings and dream images to create bizarre and unusual scenes. One of their favorite means of expression was collage. (From the French coller: “to glue”)

A Surrealist work of art includes:

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Shocking Imagery

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Juxtaposition - putting two different things side by side that don’t normally go together.

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Scale distortion and unexpected imagery

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Dislocation - objects are moved to a strange new environment

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Levitation – objects float

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Transformation - (turning something familiar into something unusual and disturbing).

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Metamorphosis - one object changing into another related object