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Top six best surrealist artists of all time

Updated on February 24, 2013



When I was
a teenager I found my passion-it was art and more specifically surrealism. That
passion of mine began when I first saw Salvador Dali’s painting “The
persistence of memory”. I belive that nothing represents the unconscious side
of the human mind quite as the surreal
movement. I didn’t become an artist, but I can’t stop worshiping the magnificent works
of my favorite surrealist artists. So
here is a list of my top six artist.


6. Paul Delvaux

He was born
in Belgium in 1897. His works often include nude female bodies, sleepwalkers.
In his paintings you can find incredible
contrast between day and night, interiors
and landscapes, but for me the most amazing thing about him is how he puts a
modern character into a old time setting or the opposite. It is almost like he wants to tell us that
time and space are changing , people always stay the same and they are a symbol
of eternity.

5. Max Ernst

He was a
German artist born in 1891. What I actually like about his works is that he
uses very vivid colors. Another interesting fact about him is that he was obsessed
with birds. He featured birds in many of his paintings.


4. Frida Kahlo

She didn’t
defined herself as a surrealist her works are definitely are full of dream-like
elements. She was born in Mexico in 1907. She had a pretty hard life because of
her health condition caused by a car accident in her teenage years. She often
painted herself because she claims that there is no other subject in the world that
she knows better.

3. Hans Bellmer


He is a
German born in 1902. Some people might find him creepy , but I think he is
genius . He is perhaps best known for The Doll,
a series of startling objects, photographs and drawings, depicting doll parts
arranged in provocative positions.


2. Renne Magritte


He was born in 1898 in
Belgium. I can only describe his works
with one quote from the book “Girl interrupted” by Susanna Kaysen ….”In the parallel universe the
laws of physics are suspended. What goes up does not necessarily come down, a
body at rest does not tend to stay at rest and not every action can be counted
on to provoke an equal and opposite reaction. Time, 'too, is different. It may
run in circles, flow backward, skip about from now to then. The very
arrangement of molecules is fluid: Tables can be clocks, faces, flowers.” His
paintings often place ordinary objects in unusual and unexpected contexts, thus
forcing the viewer to observe reality in a new way.


1. Salvador Dali

Yes he wasnarcissistic,
yes he is very commercial . But hate him
or love him he is the King when it comes to surrealism. I won’t say anything
more about him because he said it all: Each morning when I awake, I experience
again a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dali.””



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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I do so love Frida Kahlo, and have a print of her self portrait (in the red dress) that I glued onto an old board and framed with barfed wire. Hate to bring up movies, but I really loved the Frida bio pic that was out a few years ago. Selma Hyack I think played the great artist.

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      scarletohara 5 years ago

      I totally agree about the movie!

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Regardless he is commercial, Salvador Dali left a trace that will remain Mira :)

      I vote up.

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      Perickles 4 years ago

      Frida Khalo wasn't surrealist! She didn't paint her dreams!

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