Surrealism is an art form that started in the 1920’s. Some of it’s artists are still popular: Salvador Dali and Joan Miro are still almost household names. Art lovers certainly will have heard of them and have seen (reproductions of) their work. Tribute to their popularity are the art date books made yearly that reproduce some of their fascinating pieces.
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Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920’s, and is best known for the paintings and sculptures of the group members, though they had a deep philosophy as well.
Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur; however, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artifact. For instance their leader Andre Breton was explicit in his assertion that Surrealism was above all a revolutionary movement.
Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities of World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920’s on, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film, and music, of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, philosophy and social theory.
The main aim of surrealism was to express the fundamental nature of thought. Keep that at the back of your mind as you take a look at the calendars that feature surrealist art. Certainly many of these images have more to do with dreams than our ordinary reality.
Painter, sculptor, writer and film maker, Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989) was one of the century’s greatest exhibitionists and eccentrics and was rewarded with fierce controversy wherever he went. He was one of the first to apply the insights of Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis to the art of painting. Dali brought extraordinary sensitivity, imagination and concern for precision to bear upon submerged levels of consciousness.
The calendar features 52 surreal paintings plus plenty of space for all of your notes and appointments. Also includes year planners plus all national holidays. Spiral-bound, it opens flat.
Rob Gonsalves: Master of Illusion Wall Calendar – The most popular surrealistic calendar!
Using elegantly planned illusionist techniques, Gonzalves portrays the impossible and fools our eye to think it possible.
An entire city presented to you on outstretched hands. Trees that grow clouds instead of leaves. A Venetian gondola floating down a canal… that runs through a cathedral. And an intriguing interpretation of Paris as the City of Lights. Welcome to the surreal world of photographer Thomas Barbèy.
The Alex Grey wall calendar takes the viewer on both a graphic and visionary journey through the physical, metaphysical and spiritual anatomy of the self. Grey’s portrayals of human beings blend scientific exactitude with depictions of universal life energy, enabling us to redefine both Grey’s portrayals of human beings blend scientific exactitude with visionary depictions of universal life energy, leading us on the soul’s journey of our divinely illuminated core.
Every once in a great while an artist emerges who does more than simply reflect the social trends of the time. These artists are able to transcend established thinking and help us redefine ourselves and our world. Today, a growing number of art critics, philosophers and spiritual seekers believe they have found that vision in the art of Alex Grey.
Grey’s paintings take the viewer on a graphic, visionary journey through the physical, metaphysical and spiritual anatomy of the self.
His images roam the internet and use spiritual symbols as much as biological references. His art plays with the grids of our modern life while never becoming clinical. He uses vibrant colors and classic composition.
Escher’s subtle, humorous explorations of the visually plausible but physically impossible made—and keep—him famous. There are also Escher Calendars that you might enjoy hanging on your office wall.
Combining meticulous artistry, subtle humor, and rigorous attention to the physical behavior of imaginary substances, M. C. Escher (Dutch, 18981972) created worlds whose absurd, impeccably principled physics and rogue geometries mock our perception of space. His art is one of the few examples out there of mathematical surrealism.
Dan Bennett Circles Large Planner
Working in acrylic, Dan Bennett’s paintings have been inspired by the prehistoric symbols found etched onto rocks by wandering mankind of prehistory. Eight of these colorful and unique images are found inside the cover of this Surrealist Art Planner.
Also included is a weekly six language calendar grid, diary pages for note taking, a marker ribbon and inner storage pocket, all held shut and secure by a magnetic fold over flap.
B. Kliban Cat Calendar 2014 Softcover Engagement Calendar
B. “Hap” Kliban (1935–1990) connected with cats like no artist before him and his sometimes realistic, often surreal, feline vignettes have delighted his fans worldwide since the 1970s. What’s not to love about cats cooling off in birdbaths, walking through walls, and sailing the seas?
This purrfectly sleek engagement calendar features 53 full-color purrfect images of Kliban’s irrepressible Cats. Includes 57 weekly grids, has a soft cover with flaps and is Wire-O bound.
Kahlo Softcover Engagement Calendar
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) was one of the most important 20th century painters, and one of the few Latin American artists to have achieved a reputation on a Global scale. Kahlo used her mainly small format self-portraits to express the burdens that weighed upon her soul – she suffered unbearable physical pain, grief from Rivera’s occasional affairs, sorrow that she was childless, homesickness while living abroad and a longing to feel that she had put down roots, as well as a profound loneliness.
But Kahlo’s paintings also declare her passionate love for her husband, her own striking sensuousness, and her unwavering survival instinct.
This Planner features a new picture every week, every week a new page.