Surrealist painters are famous for creating the trippiest works of art throughout history


Surrealist artists created the trippiest of paintings! Initially, the surrealist art genre was born in the 1920s following the Dada movement in Paris. Consequently, Surrealism was a revolutionary movement much like Dada.  Ultimately, artists expressed non-conformance to rationality and logic

Surrealist paintings feature an element of shock or surprise through their depiction of real-world objects in an imaginary world. In this way, surrealist artists drew inspiration from a combination of their dreams and reality to create a world of super-reality.

Here is a list of the top ten trippiest surrealist painters of all time:


Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali was the most prominent surrealist painter of all times. He was born in 1904 in Catalonia, Spain. Dali was primarily influenced by Renaissance masters. His surrealist paintings include masterpieces like The Basket of Bread and Persistence of Memory. Ultimately, Dali’s experiments with cubism and surrealism began when he was still studying at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.


Pablo Picasso exerted a significant influence over Dali’s surrealistic art explorations. Initially, Dali and Picasso met each other in 1926. Consequently, three years later, Dali officially joined the surrealist group in Paris. Consequently, when Dali collaborated with the leading patron of surrealism in London, Edward James, he produced some of his trippiest surrealist paintings. These include Mae West Lips Sofa and Lobster Telephone.


Rene Magritte

Born in 1898, René François Ghislain Magritte was well known for his witty and surrealist paintings. Edward James, a wealthy British patron, encouraged and supported Magritte. Magritte even featured James in two of his works.

La Condition Humaine (The Human condition) is comprised of two oil on canvas surrealist paintings by the Belgian artist.

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Interestingly, a favorite trick Magritte used in many of his surrealist paintings was the use of objects to hide a critical aspect in the painting. For example, in The Son of Man, an apple obscures the man’s face. Similarly, Man in the Bowler Hat features a bird covering the face of a man.

Magritte believed that “everything we see hides another thing” and we always “want to see what is hidden.


Max Ernst

Many considered Max Ernst to be a pioneer of surrealism. He started painting in 1909 while studying at the University of Bonn in Germany. Influenced by Picasso and Van Gogh, Ernst was also a keen participant in the Dada movement.

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Some of Ernst’s prominent surrealist paintings include The Hat Makes the Man, which is an abstract collage of cut out hats, and The Elephant Celebes. The latter is a stunning piece of surrealist art that combines Dada and surrealism concepts.


Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso painted objects as he thought of them, not as he saw them. The legendary Spanish artist, poet, and sculptor was one of the initiators of the cubist movement. The Young Ladies of Avignon, Woman with a Flower, Lying Naked on a Red Cushion and the Three Dancers are some of Picasso’s exceptional surrealist creations.



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