An artistic movement that was started in France by the poet Andre Breton, in 1924. It was influenced by the then new study of psychology and sought to represent the sub-conscious world of dreams and visions. It is characterised by the juxtaposition of incongruous objects. It lasted from the 1920s to the 1960s, and still influences many artists and designers. See the work of Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Rene Magritte (1898-1967) and Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978).

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