Obelisk Art History

Art without reason, aesthetics or morality

Surrealism, Modernism
The Cube, Odilon Redon

The Cube

Odilon Redon, 1880
The Crying Spider, Odilon Redon

The Crying Spider

Odilon Redon, 1881
Les Origines — Cover, Odilon Redon

Les Origines — Cover

Odilon Redon, 1883
Les Origines — Plate 1, Odilon Redon

Les Origines — Plate 1

Odilon Redon, 1883
Les Origines — Plate 2, Odilon Redon

Les Origines — Plate 2

Odilon Redon, 1883
Les Origines — Plate 3, Odilon Redon

Les Origines — Plate 3

Odilon Redon, 1883
The Philosopher's Conquest, Giorgio de Chirico

The Philosopher's Conquest

Giorgio de Chirico, 1914
The Song of Love, Giorgio de Chirico

The Song of Love

Giorgio de Chirico, 1914
Birthday, Marc Chagall


Marc Chagall, 1915
The Drunken Gentleman, Carlo Carrà

The Drunken Gentleman

Carlo Carrà, 1916
Penelope, Carlo Carrà


Carlo Carrà, 1917
The Grand Metaphysician, Giorgio de Chirico

The Grand Metaphysician

Giorgio de Chirico, 1917
The Disquieting Muses, Giorgio de Chirico

The Disquieting Muses

Giorgio de Chirico, 1916-1918
Music, Florine Stettheimer


Florine Stettheimer, 1920
Untitled (Surrealist Composition), Pavel Tchelitchew

Untitled (Surrealist Composition)

Pavel Tchelitchew, c. 1920
Creating the World, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz

Creating the World

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, 1921-1922
Fight, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz


Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, 1921-1922
Gala Éluard, Max Ernst

Gala Éluard

Max Ernst, 1924
Maternity, Joan Miró


Joan Miró, 1924

I could spend my whole life prying loose the secrets of the insane. These people are honest to a fault, and their naiveté has no peer but my own.

The Manifesto of Surrealism

André Breton, 1924
Black and White, Man Ray

Black and White

Man Ray, 1926
Studies for a keepsake, Claude Cahun

Studies for a keepsake

Claude Cahun, 1925-1926
Honey is Sweeter than Blood, Salvador Dalí

Honey is Sweeter than Blood

Salvador Dalí, 1927
Mama, Papa is Wounded!, Yves Tanguy

Mama, Papa is Wounded!

Yves Tanguy, 1927
The Kiss, Max Ernst

The Kiss

Max Ernst, 1927
La Cohorte Invincible, Giorgio de Chirico

La Cohorte Invincible

Giorgio de Chirico, 1928
Self-portrait, 1928, Claude Cahun

Self-portrait, 1928

Claude Cahun, 1928
The Lovers, René Magritte

The Lovers

René Magritte, 1928
Illumined Pleasures, Salvador Dalí

Illumined Pleasures

Salvador Dalí, 1929
The False Mirror, René Magritte

The False Mirror

René Magritte, 1929
The First Days of Spring, Salvador Dalí

The First Days of Spring

Salvador Dalí, 1929
The Great Masturbator, Salvador Dalí

The Great Masturbator

Salvador Dalí, 1929

The simplest Surrealist act consists of dashing down the street, pistol in hand, and firing blindly, as fast as you can pull the trigger, into the crowd.

The Second Manifesto of Surrealism - Selections

André Breton, 1929
Degenerate Madonna, Alice Neel

Degenerate Madonna

Alice Neel, 1930
Portrait of Luther Burbank, Frida Kahlo

Portrait of Luther Burbank

Frida Kahlo, 1931
The Persistence of Memory, Salvador Dalí

The Persistence of Memory

Salvador Dalí, 1931
Voice of Space, René Magritte

Voice of Space

René Magritte, 1931
Self-Portrait on the Border Line Between Mexico and the United States, Frida Kahlo

Self-Portrait on the Border Line Between Mexico and the United States

Frida Kahlo, 1932
Atelier Composition, Man Ray

Atelier Composition

Man Ray, 1933
Landscape, André Breton


André Breton, 1933
Retrospective Bust of a Woman, Salvador Dalí

Retrospective Bust of a Woman

Salvador Dalí, 1933
The Concert, Pavel Tchelitchew

The Concert

Pavel Tchelitchew, 1933
Zoomorphic Couple, Max Ernst

Zoomorphic Couple

Max Ernst, 1933
Self Portrait with the Lamp, Man Ray

Self Portrait with the Lamp

Man Ray, 1934
Archeological Reminiscence of Millet's Angelus, Salvador Dalí

Archeological Reminiscence of Millet's Angelus

Salvador Dalí, 1933-1935
Fishermen, Pavel Tchelitchew


Pavel Tchelitchew, 1935
Object, Méret Oppenheim


Méret Oppenheim, 1936
Observatory Time - The Lovers (Photograph), Man Ray

Observatory Time - The Lovers (Photograph)

Man Ray, 1936
Printemps Nécrophilique, Salvador Dalí

Printemps Nécrophilique

Salvador Dalí, 1936
Soft Construction with Boiled Beans, Salvador Dalí

Soft Construction with Boiled Beans

Salvador Dalí, 1936
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Hanoi School, Modernism

Hanoi School

Colonialism vs Tradition


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