They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.
I define Inner Space as an imaginary realm in which on the one hand the outer world of reality, and on the other the inner world of the mind meet and merge. Now, in the landscapes of the Surrealist painters, for example, one sees the regions of Inner Space; and increasingly I believe that we will encounter in film and literature scenes which are neither solely realistic nor fantastic. In a sense, it will be a movement in the interzone between both spheres.j. g. ballard
I got myself into a lovely little shall we say controversy with André Breton, by pointing out that the discipline of spontaneity, which he was asking his Surrealist neophytes to adopt, was new for language but something that composers had been practicing for centuries.virgil thomson
...there is a striking similarity in the Surrealist and abstract painters attitude to the object;both have a horror of it in its proper context.john piper
In recent times, Surrealist painters have used descriptive illusionistic academic methods.hans arp
The Surrealist thinks he has outstripped the whole of literary history when he has written (here a word that there is no need to write) where others have written "jasmines, swans and fauns." But what he has really done has been simply to bring to light another form of rhetoric which hitherto lay hidden in the latrines.josé ortega y gasset
Three men riding on a bicycle which has only one wheel, I guess that's Surrealist.
Imagism was a reductio ad absurdum of one or two tendencies of romanticism, such a beautifully and finally absurd one that it is hard to believe it existed as anything but a logical construction; and what imagist found it possible to go on writing imagist poetry? A number of poets have stopped writing entirely; others, like recurring decimals, repeat the novelties they commeced with, each time less valuably than before. And there are Surrealist poetry, and political poetry, and all the othe refuges of the indigent.Randall Jarrell