At the International Surrealist Exhibition in London in June 1936, Dylan carried around a cup of boiled string, asking visitors would they rather it weak or strong? Yet he declared I am not, never have been, never will be, or could be for that matter, a surrealist. But Dylan did appreciate art. He seemed to gravitate to artistic ‘types’ that were inspired by him, and was often dabbling with pencils, pastels and paintbrushes himself.
Although not many of his paintings survived, we know that Dylan loved to paint as mentioned in his various letters. What have survived on the back of manuscripts and letters are Dylan’s doodles. From abstract self-portraits to surreal dancing women and some scribbles of a more dubious nature.