The Influence of Dadaism on Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism

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TOPIC: IMAGINATION VALUES ORDER ID: A2098372 The Influence of Dadaism on Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism When the groundbreaking philosophers of psychology, Sigmund Freud and Karl Jung, presented the world with their ideas about the subconscious, they prompted a surge of human introspection. The idea of an unexplored, and perhaps unknown self, lurking beneath the social façade intrigued and tortured many artists who began to shift their focus from the outer world to more personal struggles. Many of the earliest purveyors of this new approach were immediate expatriates of the dada movement, which, in its renunciation of establishment values and all of their associated scandals (namely war, and the WWI in this context), disavowed conventional rules of structure. They operated under the theory that a society as ugly as that which would harbor violence and inequality with such vigor didn't deserve the formal beauty of art. They skewed former standards of quality for raw, harsh emotion. This transition is the focus of the discussion here, which recognizes the historical continuity of art as manifested in the transition from the short-lived but highly influential Dadaist movement to the more sustained and perhaps even more influential movement of Surrealism. In confirming the influence of this latter movement, the discussion here will also make mention of the direct continuity from Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism. With respect to Surrealism, its adherence to

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