Art and literature developed principally in the 20th century, expressing the subconscious or nonrational significance of imagery arrived at by automatism or the exploitation of chance effects, unexpected juxtapositions, etc.
The art movement of surrealism was a great influence on the psychedelia of the 60’s. The hallucinatory nature of the ideas that the surrealists fished from their unconscious, was embraced by the psychedelic movement and adapted for their creations. Well-known psych-rock songs of the era, such as “White Rabbit” and “I am the Walrus“, were heavily influenced by surrealism.
The surrealists became aware of the connection between their approach and the psychedelic experience. Salvador Dali himself was quoted saying in an interview (in response to the question, does he take drugs to make his artwork) “I don’t do drugs; I am drugs.”
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