Surrealism is defined in a Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, tenth edition, 1995, as "the principles, ideals, or practice of producing fantastic or incongruous imagery or effects in art, literature, film, or theater by means of unnatural juxtapositions and combinations." Additionally, surrealistic is described as "having a strange dreamlike atmosphere or high quality."
Many of Bosch's paintings qualify under these meanings as surrealistic, making use of their great pictures and incongruous juxtapositions. Figures 17 and 18 are great examples of this, but Bosch's visionary paintings tend to be filled with such photos. Hence, he expected a major art action regarding the twentieth century by over five-hundred years. Actually, many of their fantastic photos surpass those of modern-day surrealists within their fantastic properties and strange juxtapositions. André Breton, in the first manifesto on Surrealism (1924), labeled Bosch due to the fact forerunner of surrealism, an "integral visionary", anticipating "the painters associated with the unconscious".
Tree-man from Hell panel of Earthly Delights triptych
It's possible to barely imagine an even more surreal image than that one from the Garden of Earthly Delights Hell scene. This "Tree-man" has got the face of Bosch himself searching back regarding the moments of Hell. His human anatomy is a a broken eggshell, showing his very own (moral) fall.The rotten tree with thorn-like branches piercing his body represent their spiritual death. On their head is a round table with devils moving sinners across the "lascivious" bagpipe. Thus, Bosch is confessing his own indulgence in sinful activities, eg drunkeness, gambling, and lust. The human body of Tree-man contains a gambling scene around a table, while a witch pours even more wine from a keg to replenish the gamblers. The heart climbing a ladder is really degenerate, promising from a black pool (filth), that he's aspiring to attain the degree of the gambler-drunkards. The boat-shoes will be the only thing that prevents this monster from totally collapsing.