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Dada and Surrealism Comparison Freedom has been a word of power and persuasion throughout the ages of mankind. From the beginning of our species and up through the present moment, freedom has been an idea that has provoked very intense feelings among people. Our very own country was predicated on the notions of freedom and liberty. So to believe that freedom didn't play a role in the French avant garde movement during the first half of the 20th century would be a mistake. Andre Breton provided a very eloquent description in the Surrealist Manifesto concerning the part freedom had played in his surrealist intentions. ...read more.


Written in 1895, this short note gives us proper insight into what the avant garde idea of thought was at that moment in France. Rousseau was an artist who lived for his work and reflected that joy and ambition in his paintings. He was able to capture feelings of the moment in a way which had not been done before. Concerned less with attention to starch details, Rousseau instead turned to unique and sometimes unrealistic imagery to capture his feelings in and on the canvas. Although not as radical as future extremists would be, Henri Rousseau did help to pave the way to what would become a revolutionary artistic movement in France. ...read more.


Works such as Giorgio De Chirico's Hector and Andromache portray little to be identified with the rational mindset of the common social classes. The piece instead gives us complete freedom of imagination and interpretation. This achievement is the goal in which the Dada and Surrealist movements were aiming for. Dada and Surrealism, although slightly different in ideology, both strived towards the goal of complete and absolute freedom. They were, together, founded on the cause to free the mind from the commonalities and repetition of everyday life. This magnificent idea has inspired generations of free-thinkers and literally changed the outlook in which many of us have chosen to subscribe. We should always acknowledge and pay tribute to a generation who taught us how to "think outside the box". ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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