Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2019
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Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
1008 Wall Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
This four-part lecture series explores the Surrealist movement that began in Paris in the 1920s, while also acknowledging its influences from 16th to 19th–century artists, such as Hieronymus Bosch and Francisco Goya. The original Surrealist artists and writers were inspired by Sigmund Freud’s dream analysis and the exploration of the subconscious mind. They were also reacting to the devastation of World War I and revolting against the values of a society that had led to such destruction. Under the leadership of André Breton, Surrealists aimed to express themselves without restrictions of reason, moral, or aesthetic considerations. Breton’s death in 1966 left no heir to unite the divergent branches of Surrealist artists all over the world and led to the end of Surrealism as a unified movement.