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Published on Nov 5, 2014
Adam McLean's Study Course on Surrealism Lesson Six - The Early American Surrealists A series of 20 to 30 minute lectures exploring different aspects of the Surrealist art style.
For many years I have been attracted to surrealist painting. A few weeks ago the idea came to me that I should create a study course on the subject. I have over the years read such nonsense written about surrealism. My own approach to this art style is to see it in much the same way as I view emblematic art - I look for the common elements and the evolution and passing on of symbols and pictorial structures.
Surrealism, under different names, continues today and one clearly sees artists quoting from one anothers works. Thus we need not seek meaning in a surrealist painting but instead ask how it is structured and from what pre-existing pictorial elements it is derived.
This approach will be the core of my course, which I expect to run to about 25 lessons, similar to my courses on Alchemical Symbolism and the Artwork of Modern Tarot. These will be audio visual presentations using the same methodology as my Exploring Alchemical Emblems and course on Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights, that is a spoken commentary with images.
I am sure that few people will understand or respect my approach. Most people like to speculate in a meaningless, subjective and opinionated way about modern art, and they won't be entirely comfortable with my more objective, scholarly, and rather detached view. They will not see the point of looking at art in the way I do.
Lesson One - Introduction Lesson Two - The formative years of Surrealism in the 1920s Lesson Three - The evolution of Surrealism through the 1930s Lesson Four - Lesser known early Surrealists Lesson Five - The Early British Surrealists Lesson Six - The Early American Surrealists Lesson Seven - The Scandanavian Surrealists