Surrealism in America  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

American artists including Joseph Cornell, Man Ray, Alexander Calder, Kay Sage and Dorothea Tanning played an important role in defining a new American avant-garde of the 1930s and 1940s.

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André Breton called the Marx brothers, Walt Disney and director Cecil B. DeMille "the three American Surrealists". Comics artist George Herriman is often cited as an example of Dada art and influencing the emerging American surrealists of the early 1920s. This period also saw Cliff Sterrett absorb abstract art into his art style, alongside contemporaries Faulkner and Bud.

Cultural critic and film theorist Robert Benayoun has written books on Tex Avery (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck), Looney Tunes, Woody Allen, Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers.

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