January 19, 2010


4.1 Prehistoric Period.

Dreams have played a role in visual art since human began to represent the world. The images of the night have always inspired artists to create breathtaking masterpieces throughout the human history.

Cave art or rock art are believed as the earliest paintings on earth, dating to prehistoric times, 40,000 years ago; they are painted on cave or rock walls and ceilings, and usually are the work of respected elders or shamans. (to continue)

4.2 Surrealism.

At the end of World War I (1914 - 1918), European youth were enlightened -- none more so than young artists, who tended toward both pacifism and cynicism. They refused to spend their gifts glorifying war and the politicians who had led tens of thousands to their deaths. Instead, the most gifted artists flocked around André Breton in Paris, as he called for a revolution in painting, drama and literature. André Breton (1896-1966) was a French writer, poet, and surrealist theorist, and is best known as the main founder of surrealism.(1)

During the period of 1920’s and 1930’s, surrealism became a major force in artistic movement and dreams were used as a main source of creation. (to continue)

4.3 Other Inspirations of Dreams.

As previously discussed, dreams always contribute mankind to create. Almost anything we see in a dream can be put on canvas. It is reasonable to accept that dreams can inspire lots of artists to paint, musicians to compose and writers to create remarkable stories. But, have you thought of dreams may also contribute to architect and even to the world of science? (to continue)

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