Surrealism is often described as the most influential of all twentieth-century art movements with strong ties to the fashion industry. Its poetic sensibility and way of perceiving reality is so all-encompassing that we take it for granted now. From the bursts of nonsense and flights of fancy to journeys into the secret backwaters of desire, Surrealism has exposed the liberating power of the unconscious mind.
The eye, a recurring motif in Surrealism, served as both a symbol for the act of perception and as an allusion to female sexuality.
Man Ray – Glass Tears, 1933
Rene Magritte – The False Mirror, 1928
Salvador Dali – Eye on Time, 1949