Sunday, November 27, 2011

50th Anniversary of Surealism

Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for the visual artworks and writings of the group members. 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. Leader André Breton was explicit in his assertion that Surrealism was above all a revolutionary movement.

Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920s onward, 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 stamps on this 1999 set were issued while celebrating 50 Years of Surrealism in Portugal. Paintings by 5 artists combined in one big sheetlet, they are all all Portuguese artists:

- António Domingues (stamp in first post)
- António Pedro (bottom left)
- Vespeira (middle)
- Fernando de Azevedo (top right)
- Moniz Pereira (bottom right)

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