Organic Surrealism

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Organic Surrealism is one of the two main poles in the surrealist movement in the visual arts. It is characterized by automatist techniques,[1] which its practitioners use in order to liberate unconscious associations in order to allow their creative imaginations to emerge in an open-ended manner.[2] Some noted artists who have been characterized as organic surrealists are Joan Miró, André Masson, and Max Ernst.[3]

The early work of some of the artists active in the Dada movement can be considered to fall into this category.[1] Organic surrealism was one of the major precursors to abstract expressionism.[4]


  1. ^ a b Hoffman, Katherine (1984). An enduring spirit: the art of Georgia O'Keeffe. Scarecrow Press. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-8108-1672-5. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Surrealism". Britannica Online. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  3. ^ A Cobra portfolio: a selection of abstract artists in Europe post World War II : April 21-June 14, 1981, Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y. 11550. The Gallery. 1981. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  4. ^ Arts magazine. Art Digest Inc. 1 January 1975. p. 93. Retrieved 6 October 2011.