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Photograph of "Le Festin" or "Cannibal Feast" by Meret Oppenheim

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Oppenheim used a female model's nude body as a table to serve a meal at the 1959 International Surrealist Exposition.

Pere Ubu

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"The Surrealist artist Dora Maar is better known as Picasso's dark-haired model and companion in the late 1930s than for her astonishing works. Her incarnation of the bestial nature of man is titled after the infamous and absurd dictatorial antihero…

Surréalisme et Sexualité by Xavière Gauthier

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Influenced by SImone de Beauvoir, Gauthier analyses how the female body is used as a muse and as an erotic image in surrealist art.

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Maybe you can guess, but the instant I saw this image, I thought of George Orwell's Coming Up for Air. While Orwell's novel actually came first, this painting shows the mundane life that George, the protagonist, was speaking of. The men in bowler…

I have chosen to include the words of Duchamp here because I believe that they reveal a truth about both surrealism and the works that are classified as such. There isn't a book we read in this class that didn't have something to do with the mind,…

Androgeny, Interview with Meret Oppenheim.pdf
The author and Oppenheim discuss her views on the role of dreams and women in the Surrealist movement.

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Example of the collaboration between the surrealists and fashion More examples can be found in this article by Vogue.

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Example of typical portrayals of idealized women by male surrealists.

This poem by André Breton disects the female body and compares the parts to very non-bodylike things. This made me think of Breton's speaker as someone who objectifies the woman he is with, much like Rochester does to Annette in Wide Sargasso Sea.…
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