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Art History Illustrated, Trip through the Unconscious: An Introduction to Surrealism

Thursday, May 18, 2023

New time! 5:30-7:00 PM

In 1900, the famous Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud published his book, On The Interpretation of Dreams. Rather than understanding dreams as having origins outside of us, such as in the spirit world or the future, Freud theorized that they are in fact the products of our own unconscious minds. These ideas would be an enormous influence on the international movement in the art and literature of the 1930s and 40s known as Surrealism. In this mind-blowing talk with art historian Brenda Edgar, you’ll see many “dreamscapes” as created by artists like Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and Giorgio de Chirico, and learn how they have as many different meanings as they have viewers.

Join us for our “Art History Illustrated” talk series, held the third Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. This monthly illustrated talk series is presented by art historian Brenda Edgar, in collaboration with the Carnegie Center for Art and History.

Image: Salvador Dali, The Temptation of St Anthony, 1946, Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels.

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