- Surrealism is a modern movement in art and literature that tries to express the subconscious mind.
An example of surrealism is the works of Salvador Dali.
surrealism definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French surréalisme: see sur- and amp; realism
surrealism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A 20th-century literary and artistic movement that attempts to express the workings of the subconscious and is characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtaposition of subject matter.
- Literature or art produced in this style.
Origin: French surréalisme : sur-, beyond (from Old French; see sur-) + réalisme, realism (from réalité, realism, from Medieval Latin reālitās, from reālis, real; see real 1).
- sur·reˈal·ist noun
surrealism - Cultural Definition
A movement in art and literature that flourished in the early twentieth century. Surrealism aimed at expressing imaginative dreams and visions free from conscious rational control. Salvador Dali was an influential surrealist painter; Jean Cocteau was a master of surrealist film.