Victor BRAUNER

Victor Brauner’s multidisciplinary practice is now closely associated with Surrealism. During his training at the School of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Brauner had indeed developed an expressionist style, which he later abandoned during his participation in various Dadaist and Surrealist art publications. It was Yves Tanguy who formally introduced Brauner to the Surrealist group and pressed him to get involved in the movement. Brauner’s practice, which included painting, drawing, and printmaking, relied on many symbolic systems like tarot cards, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and ancient Mexican texts. Brauner claimed that all of his paintings were autobiographical in some way. The artist led a turbulent life, constantly on the move; Anticipating the danger of World War II, he even reduced the dimensions of his canvases so that each could fit in his luggage for emergency travel – Brauner called them his “suitcase paintings”.

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