Surrealist Smorgasbord

The following photos were captured during a recent trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, which is hosting an exhibit entitled “The Surrealists” on display through March 2, 2014.
Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Surrealism Definition
Joan Miró’s Dog Barking at the Moon, (Oil on canvas, 1926). (Viewer please note: the photograph I captured is an alternate take on the piece. The photo you see below features the museum guard’s shadow, which I thought really added something to the original piece.)
Joan Miro's Dog Barking at the Moon, 1926
Eugene Berman’s View in Perspective of a Perfect Sunset, (Oil on canvas, 1941)
Eugene Berman, View in Perspective of a Perfect Sunset, 1941
Dorothea Tanning’s surrealist short story, “Blind Date,” accompanied by a reproduction of her painting, Birthday.
Dorothea Tanning, VVV Almanac 1943
Dorothea Tanning’s Birthday, (Oil on canvas, 1942)
Man Ray’s Fair Weather, (Oil on canvas, 1939)
Man Ray's Fair Weather, 1939
Salvador Dalí’s Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War), (Oil on canvas, 1936)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this surrealist smorgasbord. And, because I don’t know when to stop, here are a few images also captured at the Perelman during the same visit. For more information on the images below, which feature photographs based on Australian designer Marc Newson’s work, please visit this link.


All images in this blog post were captured by Gina Marie using a Nikon D3100 fitted with a 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR lens. (That’s technical mumbo jumbo for REALLY AWESOME ZOOM LENS.)

Until next time!

4 responses to “Surrealist Smorgasbord”

  1. Gina, what an amazing exhibition this looks like. So much to comment about – but I’m amazed the guard reflecting in the Miro’ painting actually permitted you to photograph the pieces! I’m so glad that the “yes if you use no flash” rule applied, b/c you are able to show us such a wonderfully diverse selection of work. That painting by Dorothea Tanning really is incredible; I never consciously realized how much Surrealism actually did interplay w/ realism, as one can see all those meticulously rendered details on her clothing, and the aisles of “opened doors” behind her subject. What all fab photos you’ve captured – another fabulous post!

  2. Thanks for your ever-engaging commentary, Patricia. It was an exhibit which, happily, allowed photographs (sans flash, of course). The Dorothea Tanning piece — and the whole exhibit — was superb on so many levels. There’s more I could write about it (as well as a few more photos to post). Perhaps a Part II is in order at some point.

    I hope you have an excellent weekend! TTFN.

  3. Du hast ganz ganz tolle Bilder von Surrealisten hier gezeigt, gefällt mir, dein Blog.

  4. Hoi Ernst,
    Danke! Ich genieße immer Ihre Kommentare. Chapeau.

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