Art, Books and Culture group meeting: Saturday 28th May – “Into the Surreal”

Join us on Saturday 28th May, 11am-1pm at The Beecroft Gallery, Southend

as we take a plunge into the early years of Surrealism in Paris and London.

La Galerie Surrealiste, rue Jacques Gallot, photographed by Man Ray 1927.


“one of the most genuinely subversive movement in the history of ideas” – Michel Remy


Leonora Carrington (1917-2011)

The Giantess (The Guardian of the Egg) [1947; private collection]

“When one is overcome by demoralization and defeat, depressed or on the verge of suicide, that is the time to open one’s Surrealist Survival Kit and enjoy a breath of magical fresh air. To lay out its marvellous contents carefully before you and let them play …”
wrote artist, novelist and poet, Leonora Carrington in 1936.


We’ll discuss Andre Breton’s Surrealist Manifestos, the influential paintings of Giorgio de Chirico and Max Ernst and meet some of the first British artists inspired by Surrealism.

Attendance is £10 on the door and will include tea, coffee & biscuits – all welcome!

Julian Trevelyan (1910-1988): Standing Figure with Ace of Clubs [1933; c/o Pallant House Gallery]

“Let us gladly shout: to dream is to create” – Julian Trevelyan


About TheCommonViewer

Independent Researcher: gently exploring the art and artists of early 20th century Britain (with forays elsewhere, in particular Russian Art History); the Art, Books & History Group meets monthly in Southend-on-Sea Twitter: @TheCommonViewer

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