What is Surrealism? - Definition, Art & Characteristics


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What did Surrealism focus on?

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1. Who wrote the Surrealist Manifesto?

2. What did Surrealist artists strive to show in their work?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Artistic Surrealism was part of a larger Surrealist movement in art, literature, and politics in the time period following World War I. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the specific qualities of Surrealism in the arts, and major artists associated with it. Some things you'll be assessed on include the defining qualities of artistic Surrealism, the figures associated with major Surrealist works, and the goals of Surrealist art pieces.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your identification of:

  • The focus of Surrealism
  • Author of the Surrealist Manifesto
  • What Surrealist artists sought to show in their works
  • Common techniques in Surrealism
  • Specific artists based upon specific techniques

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Surrealism
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the specific artists associated with Surrealism and the defining qualities of their works
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the qualities of artistic Surrealism and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about artistic Surrealism, review the accompanying lesson on Surrealist Art Traits. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • What is Surrealism?
  • The Surrealist Manifesto
  • Art of Surrealism
  • Surrealist Artists
  • Another name for this type of artist