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Surrealism and the Occult

Shamanism, Magic, Alchemy, and the Birth of an Artistic Movement

An art historian shows how many surrealists and their predecessors were steeped in magical ideas that were expressed in their art: the sorcery of Dali, the alchemy of Picasso, the Theosophy of Kandinsky, and the shamanism of Ernst and Carrington.

A writer and frequent lecturer on art and magic, Nadia Choucha holds a master's degree in art history from Edinburgh University and is currently researching the surrealists for her Ph.D. at Essex University.