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Surrealism, movement in literature and art that flourished between World War I and World War II, especially in Paris; influenced by Freudianism. Writers associated with surrealism include André Breton, Louis Aregon, and Jean Cocteau; surrealist artists include Salvador Dali, Joan Miró, René Magritte, Yves Tanguy, and Max Ernst. The movement was devoted to unleashing the imagination of the unconscious minds, free of the constraints of reason. In painting and films everyday objects were often placed in dreamlike settings; apparently unrelated objects were juxtaposed, and incongruous images were dominant.

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