new surrealism concepts

examples of surrealist artwork

Surrealism has always been an important topic in the work of Friedrich Zettl. Firstly they were collages in the sense of the early French surrealists. Subsequently, this was followed by a series of oil paintings that dealt with surrealism.

It was not until many years later, at the end of the 1980s, that there were a few more attempts with surrealism.

Now surrealism is increasingly moving back into focus in Zettl’s art. Especially in a new, very personal form, with a painting technique, he developed himself. Furthermore, this enables him to combine ideas of surrealism with other currents, such as expressionism or Asian techniques.

The first works in this new phase often referred to painters like Max Ernst in a very reserved manner or took up other concepts of the early Surrealists, such as Surrealist Automatism. as we know it from André Masson`s works.

The following is a list of works that show Friedrich Zettl’s new approach to surrealism. Concrete elements are noticeably disappearing in favor of a semi-abstract approach and gradually the surreal in the abstract comes into focus.

Catalog New Surrealist Concepts

The pictures are arranged in reverse order to the creation, as the newest works are always ranked first.

one of those nights, abstract surrealism painting
one of those nights
surreal dream abstract surrealist painting
in the woods
Rheingold abstract surrealism painting by friedrich zettl
study for a seascape in oils: abstract surrealism painting, ink on paper by friedrich zettl
study for an oil painting
is versus is not. abstract surrealism artwork
is versus is not
surreal painting for fine arts blog
under water
zen moments: river scene. abstract surrealism painting, ink on yupo paper
zen and fish

meditating with my friends, the stones: abstract surreal painting, ink on paper
meditating with my friends, the stones

corona and the sea: abstract surrealism painting, ink on paper

corona and the sea (I)

surreal abstract landscape painting: big bang
trying the big bang
remembering a landscape as negative of a film, surreal artwork
remembering a landscape. hommage á Max Ernst
landscape theme and variation II,  abstract surrealism painting, ink on paper
illustration for a poem by Theodor Storm

composition with landscape from the corona series: abstract surrealism painting, ink on paper
landscape for the Corona Series

surreal painting burning snow, ink on photo paper
burning down the snow
the beast: abstract surrealism painting, ink on paper
the beast

Some of the artwork now is listed at saatchi gallery others at artmajeur

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about Surrealism

Surrealism is a painting that emerged in the early 20th century in response to increasing industrialization and urbanization around the world. This art movement sought to free itself from the constraints of reality and logic, embracing the subconscious and the irrational instead. Surrealist painters such as Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte are known for their striking and often bizarre imagery.

Surrealism is not limited to painting, it also includes poetry, film, and sculpture. The surrealists believed that the subconscious was the key to unlocking the mysteries of the universe and they sought to unlock this hidden realm through their art. Many artists referred to Sigmund Freud, the pioneer in the field of the subconscious.

The movement’s emphasis on the subconscious, the irrational, and the unexpected had a major impact on later art movements such as Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism, and Minimalism.

Surrealism remains a popular and enduring art form, and many contemporary artists are inspired by its techniques and themes.

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