Essay on Surrealism and Harlem Renaissance Two Historical Art Periods

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Surrealism and Harlem Renaissance Two Historical Art Periods Elisa Montoya Western Governor’s University

RIWT Task 1 May 13, 2013

SURREALISM AND HARLEM RENNAISANCE Comparing and Contrasting the Two Art Periods “Surrealism and Harlem Renaissance”


While there are many different historical art periods I will bring together two that I found to be extremely interesting. There are so many wonderful facts about all the different art periods that I’ve chosen to bring to life two “Surrealism and the Harlem Renaissance”. These art periods have many differences yet their evolution have many of the same reasons for existing. The artistic evolution of “Surrealism” commenced in France in
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“The importance that art and culture played toward this goal cannot be overstated as During the Harlem Renaissance the utilization of artists, poets, and jazz music were employed instead of political means to achieve the goals of equality and civil rights” (Biography, 2012). The relationships between the two historical art periods existed in the French Colonies


territories belonging to the Caribbean and Africa. These French colonies native Black graduates whom verbalized French and regained their African heritage utilizing the values Harlem Renaissance and Surrealism. The ideals of the father of Surrealism “André Breton” rooted this evolution therefore linking Harlem Renaissance’s era of black intellectuals. Such as Richard Wright who eluded segregation and racism in the Amalgamated States by fleeing to France. Others included Claude Mckay as well as Langston Hughes. This evolution additionally known as the “Negritude evolution” utilized the ideals of the artists in accordance with the notions of surrealism.

The similarities lie within the struggle to shatter the conventional norms and discernment of society with surrealism endeavoring to do so toward the prudish and aristocratic society that imbue the history of France leading up to the crusade. The Harlem
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