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Grotesque Surrealism

16 Mar

This is the very ecstasy of love,
Whose violent property fordoes itself.
– William Shakespeare

It is impossible to overlook the extent to which
civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct.
– Sigmund Freud

Welcome on this page for a moment.
I will present in front of you The Grotesque Surrealism and Andre Masson’s paintings.
Glad I have the definition here, to observe first its meaning, I will put in front of you some of his works and then I will talk about them.
The definition of grotesque it says: adjective
odd or unnatural in shape, appearance, or character; fantastically ugly or absurd; bizarre.
fantastic in the shaping and combination of forms, as in decorative work combining incongruous human and animal figures with scrolls, foliage, etc.

Now you want to see his paintings, right?
Ok… there you go!

source: and galleries.

About personal details and more :

At first his drawings were automatic – didn’t think of what will happen’ in his canvas-story-.
Since he was in World War I he changed his vision into a more brutal vision, more towards to a grotesque violence and strange symbolism – piano bull that violates a girl, people full of vivid expressions of the variability of feelings (from fear to envy), bulls ( which for me would be the dead men in the war or fears) who stepped women and children standing – it ranks, from my point of view, Masson’s works in Grotesque Surrealism.



Masson had wide-ranging fascination and interest in all things throughout his life. Sigmund Freud’s essay of 1906, “Delusions and Dreams in Jensen’s Gradiva,” translated into French in 1931, impressed the Surrealists more forcefully than his other writings. It was an analysis of a novel about an archeologist so devoted to his profession that he had no place in his life for women. He visited Pompeii where he met “Gradiva,” who turned out to be a childhood friend who, in love with him, conformed to his delusions in order to cure him. Freud refers to this revelation and final salvation as the “medication of love.” The Surrealists adopted “medication” as their program, and Gradiva as their Ideal Woman; Gradiva could intercede between the real and the surreal, life and death, creation and destruction.

In his artistic work ‘ Gradiva ‘ he makes an over-connection between the ancient Aztec culture and what he read in Freud’s books.
It’s a foot out erect on a pedestal, pieces of breasts, a cloak covering his twisted and spasmodic body.
Anyhow, Masson has some repetitive works full of diverse elements:

  • the bull – which I had de-symbolized -,
  • plant debris – a forest or just a small remaining hope of humanity -,
  • contorted bodies,
  • Sickness,
  • white horses – those who fight with bulls, that can be a symbol of the struggle of good and evil, to the light found through darkness full of fear,a madness fear that is paralyzing ( that body above the symbolic animals),
  • fish shore who wants to enter the water smothers,
  • a cubist landscape – all these make it a strong background of but obscure mind and strong hit soul in the war.

There are sinuous lines, mostly feminine – rounded curves – which may form mythological figures, perhaps symbols of his mind – his life is known as disorganized, as forcing himself to paint after standing several hours awake or drugged – that covering his visions.
Because of his macabre works, full of darkness and violent symbolism, I’ve framed his works to the Grotesque Surrealism.


a new breath in art

25 Feb

Reinhard Stammer is born on 25 July 1952 in Glücksburg, Germany. He moved in Handewittfeld.
In 1968 : his first exhibition with Siegbert Amler in Glücksburg
He exhibited in:
1. Germany
Hamburg – 2011, 2012, 2013
Berlin – 2012, 2013, 2014
Cologne – 2011
Saarbrücken – 2012 ( Charity Exhibition)
Oeversee – 2010 (Akademie Sankelmark)

Here is a sample of how it takes place an exhibition in Central-West Europe ( this one was in Berlin, 2014):



2. Spain Palma de Mallorca – 2008, with Agnes Rodon and with Elena Gatti in Pueblo Espanol

3. India Jaipur – 2014
4. United Kingdom London – May 2013

5. Russia St.Petersburg – April 2014

The news about the exhibit:


6. Turkey Itmir – in October 2014

More about his works here on website:

Interview with Reinhard Stammer

BY Simionescu Simona

– Hello, Reinhard!
– Hello, Simona!

What are your preferred themes?
I prefer themes that are coming directly from my heart or soul. Maybe it’s a little bit spiritual, but not esoteric.

Where do you get your ideas from?
I also don’t know it exactly. But there are no ideas. If there is an idea, I am sure, that nothing like that will happen.
I am now 62 years old and had had a lot of extreme experiences in my long life. These may be the source of my paintings.
I am interested in the Advaita (for example Ramesh Balsekar, Nisargadatta Maharaj) Philosophy and in Zen Buddhism.
So I know, that the strong ego an artist has usually, has to be reduced while painting.
So I try to be not proud about my artwork, but I am mostly happy with the incurred artwork.

What inspires you?
I don’t know. Because I feel that my artwork comes up spontaneously, without any concept, without any plan I always say to a newborn art-baby: Hi, here you are I invited you not knowing who will follow my invitation.

What is the most beautiful memory that you keep of your artist’s career?
The most beautiful memory is the moment, when I feel, that I am not the painter- that painting happens through me.

Photo by: Malte Blockhaus.

Photo by: Malte Blockhaus.

Of what do you think when you paint?
Sometimes I get angry and of course about nothing happens, sometimes I am fulfilled with my situation to do this wonderful kind of, let me say: therapy or path of knowledge.
It’s a way into the inner world of human being.

How would you define your art?
Little bit crazy, constructive and destructive, humorist and serious, spiritual and material abstract and non abstract… A wide spectrum.


Who is interested in your paintings?
Mostly people who are touched deeply in their soul or heart by my artwork. I am not a good artisan. Then I would not have any chance to live like an artist in earlier times. May be I would be a knight, smith, Casanova or something else.

Photo by: Malte Blockhaus.

Photo by: Malte Blockhaus.

Which techniques do you use as a painter?
I use all materials. Mostly oil colors, bitumen and sometimes acrylic, pigments, flour, cement and anything else what is surrounding me.



Who are the painters you admire?
Goya, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Matisse, van Gogh, Schiele, Picasso, Modigliani, Pollock, Warhol, Basquiat, Twombly and many others.
I feel influenced by the whole world of art.

What are your other interests in life?

Life as it is. But I love to travel and to see other people and countries. Want to do a desert retreat, stay for some times in a rainforest and so on…some crazy things.

How do you see your painting in the coming years?
They will be famous…





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