Surrealism came about in the early 1920’s, started by Andre Bretton and made famous by artists like Dali, Miro and Magritte.The belief of surrealist works contain elements of surprise that depict the abstract and the psychological. Many Surrealist artists (and also writers) feel their work is an expression of philosophical movement.

Surrealism’s impact in the visual arts movement used techniques from Dadaism (example using photomontage, collage and assemblage), exposed psychological meanings of images by changing ordinary objects out of their normal significance, creating a meaning beyond ordinary formal organization, in order to evoke psychological “emotions” from the viewer. The Surrealist technique stood for abstract and the psychological and came at a time in the modern period of art, where artwork reached into the psyche and depicted individuality.

Even though the Surrealist group broke up 20 years later, individuals are still making painting references towards this artistic movement and below are the most interesting pictures I found on Deviantart.

A lot of the images below were inspired by Salvador Dali, probably the most recognisable face in modern art. It’s difficult to sum up Dali in a paragraph, but he was a (mad) genius who used the media to promote himself as a showman, he looked at his surroundings differently, gave objects personal meaning and had the artistic accomplishments of a skilled draftsman. For me, his greatest works were in a series of paintings he made around the age of 25 when he was just starting to become popular. I’d suggest taking a look the following works by Dali: The Lugubrious Game, The Great Masturbator and the famous The Persistence of Memory.

All Surreal Painting artworks are properly referred to, where applicable are copyright free and can be used as a free desktop wallpaper. Click on the image to go to source image page.

les miroirs du temps by amartinsdebarros

les miroirs du temps

Watermelon Heels by ursulav

Watermelon Heels

The Psychopomp by anubis

The Psychopomp

Girl on the Rocks in Zhuhai by sketchp

Girl on the Rocks in Zhuhai

The Book by zancan

The Book

Journey of Memoirs by Artfinale

Journey of Memoirs

Beobachtungen by artofthom


The Fruit Merchants by justindmiller

The Fruit Merchants

Sleeping Under Water by ashintherainbow

Sleeping Under Water

Adam and Eve by nvantilborg

Adam and Eve

The Spacebrickumbrella by eikepopeike

The Spacebrickumbrella

The Ghost by fz-art

The Ghost

Mother and Child by Chimbuku

Mother and Child

Fisherman’s Blues by Garelito

Fishermans Blues

Leonardo’s Bioconstruction by rcukier

Leonardo's Bioconstruction

The Cycle by Paul88

The Cycle

The sound of air by divee

The sound of air

Pig Blimp by LindaRHerzog

Pig Blimp

Untitled painting by liquidclouds

Untitled painting

shells210 by ssup


On the line… by cidaq

On the line

Zimmer 4 by blau23

Zimmer 4

Oneirokritis by teopa


Resurrection by rmsmoky


OLD WORKS 2 by wernervanhoylandt


Written by Giles Dawe

Giles Dawe is an English artist living in Zhuhai, China. Born in Bristol / England in 1977, he began painting at an early age and has studied painting and sculpture extensively in France and Cardiff under the famous UK landscape painter Terry Setch.

  • sekharbabu gudiseva

    it is good very inspirarional and thought provoking……..

  • Hatam

    Appreciably amazing!
    Hatam from Iran

  • Zoe

    You haven’t included any of the masters of contemporary surrealism, like Sabina Nore, Mark Ryden, Mark Garro, or Vladimir Kush, to name just a few.

  • Giles Dawe

    Thanks for posting the article, hope OurTuts readers find it interesting and perhaps get inspired. My own artwork is above too, the Woman on the Rocks by Sketchp 😉