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Miso : Drawings for Chanel {detail}, ink on paper, 56 x 76 cm, 2013.

(Source:, via praises)

The creations by Dangerdust, a duo of students who have decided to anonymously requisition the blackboards of their school to offer every Monday morning a new creation combining inspiration, motivation and typography.

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Portrait of Empress Maria Alexandrovna (detail) 1857. Franz Xaver Winterhalter .

Portrait of Empress Maria Alexandrovna (detail) 1857. Franz Xaver Winterhalter .

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In a new project called “OMG, Who Stole My Ads?” French street artist Etienne Lavie makes it his mission to transform the ad space in Paris into an outdoor art gallery. He has been travelling around the city, snatching up posters and billboards, and replacing them with fine specimens of French art from an earlier era. If our senses have over-developed to the point where we need to be visually stimulated at all times outdoors, just to keep up continuity, then we might as well at least occasionally glimpse something that moves us—something we might elect to look at voluntarily. Lavie’s project gives that gift to a lucky subset of Parisian commuters.

(Source: f-l-e-u-r-d-e-l-y-s, via deuxexmachina)

Modern Art Miniseries: 14/20


"Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision." — Salvador Dali

Surrealism began as a literary movement started by the French poet Andre Breton in the early twentieth century that gradually spread to the visual arts, including painting and sculpture. It is characterized by dreamy settings and a fascination with the subconscious, like romanticism before it. Surrealism was greatly influenced by Freudian psychology. Surrealism became popular after the Dada movement, and some former Dadaists like Max Ernst also began to experiment with Surrealism. 

The earliest Surrealist artists were Man Ray, Joan Miro, Max Ernst, and Andre Masson, although artists like Salvador Dali (whose work is often referred to as “hand-painted dream photographs” for their fantastic settings and imagery), Yves Tanguy, Paul Klee, and others would also join this movement. (Frida Kahlo is characterized as a Surrealist artist by many scholars and critics, but she did not consider herself one.) 

Surrealism can be further divided into automatism and veristic surrealism. Automatism is the freer and more abstract of the two. Veristic surrealism was more concerned with accurately depicting dream sequences. 

Surrealism is still very popular in museums today, and has had a lasting impact on later art movements like abstract expressionism. (x)

The Treachery of Images (This is not a Pipe), Rene Magritte. 1948. 

The Elephants (detail), Salvador Dali. 1948.

La Fortune, Man Ray. 1938.

Birds also Birds, Fish Snake and Scarecrow, Max Ernst. 1921.

Moses, Frida Kahlo. 1945.

In Frida’s own words, 
"They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.

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