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It began as a literary movement. Some writers were doubtful that it applied to painting, later on Breton accepted the possibilities of painters to use surrealistic techniques.
In 1924, they began a crusade to overturn the onerous decrees of their time. The main initiator was the poet, André Breton. He said it was a violent reaction opposed to the sterile thinking and results of rationalism. He wrote the Manifesto of Surrealism in which he explained the movements tenets.
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They were akin to the Romantics or Romanticism in their trust of the great power of the imagination, but they thought that ordinary life and city streets held epiphanies, whereas Romanticists relied on nature for inspiration.
They influenced the Abstract Expressionists whom were also fascinated by fable and unsophisticated thinking not persuaded by objective reasoning. The surrealist painter Joan Miró had a far-reaching impact on the Abstract Expressionists. The surrealist movement ended after World War II.
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