Surrealism: Crossing the Atlantic to the New World

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Danger, construction ahead by Kay Sage, 1940. Oil on canvas. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, gift of M. et Mme Hugh J. Chisholm Jr, B. A., 1936.

Surrealism is a post World War I cultural movement that at first concerned literature but soon encompassed the visual arts. Having lived through the devastation of the war, writers and artists involved in the movement sought to explore the irrational and all that was disconcerting and irresistible in their surroundings as well as in their own minds.