noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
Examples from the Web for surrealist
Di Bello described the color-splashed works as “abstract expressionism” with “surrealist” methods.
Last year he purchased three paintings by the Mexican surrealist Meme Artist at the Galeria Libertad in Querétaro.
By the time that you see them, they're bloated into surrealist Arcimboldo paintings, into soft constructions of rotten fruit.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The best way to pay tribute to the surrealist artist: get a tattoo of his work.
Many of your stories are very visual, and readers come away with a surrealist image.
There was a surrealist flash of the jaygee's face before he clipped him into the back of the square little truck.The Syndic|C.M. Kornbluth
The screen was a surrealist painting, come alive, solid and real.Shock Treatment|Stanley Mullen
Somebody had turned on the electric fans, and long streams of flimsy fabric were blowing about like a surrealist maypole dance.Null-ABC|Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
British Dictionary definitions for surrealist
Word Origin for surrealism
Word Origin and History for surrealist
1927, from French surréalisme (from sur- "beyond" + réalisme "realism"), coined c.1917 by Guillaume Apollinaire, taken over by Andre Breton as the name of the movement he launched in 1924 with "Manifeste de Surréalisme." Taken up in English at first in the French form; the anglicized version is from 1931.
De cette alliance nouvelle, car jusqu'ici les décors et les costumes d'une part, la chorégraphie d'autre part, n'avaient entre eux qu'un lien factice, il este résulté, dans 'Parade,' une sorte de surréalisme. [Apollinaire, "Notes to 'Parade' "]
Culture definitions for surrealist
A movement in art and literature that flourished in the early twentieth century. Surrealism aimed at expressing imaginative dreams and visions free from conscious rational control. Salvador Dali was an influential surrealist painter; Jean Cocteau was a master of surrealist film.