Category Archives: Surrealism

Giorgio Di Chirico/J. G. Ballard

Science and technology multiply around us. To an increasing extent they dictate the languages in which we speak and think. Either we use those languages, or we remain mute. –J.G. Ballard In a completely sane world, madness is the only … Continue reading

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Pascal Doury

  I can find very little biographical information on Pascal Doury, which is just as well. I’ve posted many artists whose work requires no interpretation as they all speak marvelously in their own unique language.  It’s one of my beliefs that the better the work … Continue reading

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Nuvish

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Immoderate Greatness

Andre Masson A passage from William Ophuls’ Immoderate Greatness (2012): An Age of Decadence inevitably follows. Frivolity, aestheticism, hedonism, cynicism, pessimism, narcissism, consumerism, materialism, nihilism, fatalism, fanaticism, and other negative attributes, attitudes, and behaviors suffuse the population. Politics is increasingly … Continue reading

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Stephane Blanquet’s Hell

“He felt so lost, he said later, that the familiar studio felt like a haunted valley deep in the mountains, with the smell of rotting leaves, the spray of a waterfall, the sour fumes of fruit stashed away by a … Continue reading

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Austin Osman Spare

I’m not going to comment on Austin Osman Spare’s mystical and magical beliefs, since I don’t know enough about them at this point. Apparently AOS began doing automatic drawings early in the 20th century some time before the Surrealists began … Continue reading

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Saint Anthony the Hermit

Matthias Grünewald, St. Anthony Meeting Paul the Hermit in the Desert, 1512-1516 When I was a very young man, head filled with the teachings of the Catholic Church, the saint that most fascinated me was Saint Anthony the Hermit. The … Continue reading

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