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An artistic and literary movement characterized by extreme realism.

su′per·re′al, su′per·re′al·is′tic adj.
su′per·re′al·ist n.
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(Art Movements) another name for surrealism
ˌsuperˈrealist n, adj
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Surrealism, Superrealism

a controversial movement in art and literature between the two World Wars in which the artist attempted to portray, express, or interpret the workings of the subconscious mind; in painting it found expression in two techniques, the naturalistic (Dali) and the abstract (Miró). — Surrealist, n.Surrealistic, adj.
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Transition included superrealist contributions from William Carlos Williams, Murray Godwin, and Nathanael West.
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More striking still is the regular occurrence of these distant historical echoes amid works that seem to have preserved the precise appearance and, more significantly, the spirit of Abstract Expressionist, Funk, Superrealist, Minimalist, 1980s style narrative figural, post-industrial ceramics and numerous other types from the past half century.
While it's the sophisticated pre-teen who would gain the most from these, any kid who regularly pursues graphic novels and who likes art will find BARDIN THE SUPERREALIST an intriguing read--as will their parents.
This survey of forty paintings from the mid-'60s to the present is long overdue; it is, in fact, the artist's first in the US since 1983, when he was recast as a neo-expressionist (having first been pigeonholed as a Superrealist).
The last term actually predated Hyperrealism, having been used in the 1920s by Picabia and Mondrian, who published an article in 1930 titled "L'Art realiste et l'art superrealiste" [Realist art and superrealist art].
Happily there are some exceptions and one of the stupendously obvious ones is the gentle SuperRealist, Andrew Holmes, who doubles as visiting prof at Berlin and legendary unit tutor at leading UK school, the Bartlett.