Surrealism and Harlem Renaissance Two Historical Art Periods

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Surrealism and Harlem Renaissance Two Historical Art Periods Elisa Montoya Western Governor’s University

RIWT Task 1 May 13, 2013

SURREALISM AND HARLEM RENNAISANCE Comparing and Contrasting the Two Art Periods “Surrealism and Harlem Renaissance”


While there are many different historical art periods I will bring together two that I found to be extremely interesting. There are so many wonderful facts about all the different art periods that I’ve chosen to bring to life two “Surrealism and the Harlem Renaissance”. These art periods have many differences yet their evolution have many of the same reasons for existing. The artistic evolution of “Surrealism” commenced in France in
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The differences are that with the Harlem Renaissance, Blacks had to fight many interferences that did not exist with surrealism, beginning with the color of their skin. In

SURREALISM AND HARLEM RENNAISANCE integration, the Renaissance was heavily efficacious toward Civil Rights and involved in the evolution. Surrealism did not have a holistic agenda regarding human rights, but rather fixated on human identity.


The 1930s depression resulted in the tangential from the Harlem Renaissance, yet remained a critical influence on the future Civil Rights Evolution that would originate in the 1960s (Biography, 2012). Surrealism disseminated because of WW2 (Metmuseum, 2012). Aaron Douglas Harlem Renaissance’s most approbate artists with his four paneled mural “Aspects of Negro Life” his best-known work. This mural was completed in series of panels for the New York Public Library located on 135th street of Harlem. The mural followed the quest for freedom of African Americans, from their move from Africa to the U.S. in enslavement then sovereignty after the Civil War to life in the avant-garde city. His style was delineated by profound portraits that amalgamate African sculpture, jazz music, dance and other compendia into the artwork.

Max Ernst a German surrealist engendered The Barbarians in 1937, which was