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    Please pick a work of art from the Twentieth Century, (Post-Impressionist, Cubist, Expressionist, Surrealist, Abstract, etc.) that catches your eye. It can be one that reminds you of an event from your own life or otherwise gets some kind of emotional reaction from you. Introduce your report with some information about the artist, how the work you chose reflects the values of one or another of the styles from that period, and any other information that helps us understand the work. Then explain what exactly about this work of art catches.

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    As you pick a work of art from the Twentieth Century, I am a big fan of Surrealism. To illustrate, "The Accommodations of Desire" by
    Salvador Dalí is one of my favorite pieces. Its image is located at http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1999.363.16

    It catches my eye because of its bold color scheme as well as its underlying symbolism. As a foodie, I was also captivated immediately since it looks like tiny, art appetizer. It gives it almost a satirical tone, which I appreciate.

    As a fan of psychology and various theories, its title, as well as its calm shell-like images, also evoke a Freudian sense of urges or impulses that seem to typify human nature or desires. I am also fascinated by the symbolism of animalistic or barbaric impulses, maybe suggesting humans' gluttony, carnality, or selfishness?

    It further reminds me of college psychology courses as well as literary analysis where I had to explicate a story or poem on a deeper level to ascertain meanings and underlying symbols.

    It solicits a kind of emotional reaction from me because it seems to make a bold statement about the savage nature of humankind and how we are aligned with animals as in the lion image. When I was younger, I used to love collages, and this piece mimics that style.

    Since Surrealism aimed to release "the unbridled imagination of the subconscious" (http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/surr/hd_surr.htm), this piece's style is quite freeing and abstract, which I appreciate. Since Surrealism seems to blend various disciplines, I like those intersections of gender, race, nature, class, politics, and art.

    As you introduce your report with some information about the artist, Dalí, though a genius, was also described as mentally ill by some critic. They claim he was "given to hallucinations and paranoiac visions, cultivated these outrageous subjects ...

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