Jindřich Štyrský’s large oil From My Diary ranks among his most essential surrealistic paintings. Although Štyrský experimented with various styles during his career, French surrealism and its tendencies to depict random objects in unexpected contexts had the greatest impact on him. The study of Sigmund Freund’s psychoanalysis also played an important role, especially the passages concerning dreams. Štyrský even kept his own diary of dreams (as indicated by the title of this painting) which he then used as a source of inspiration. He also closely cooperated with the painter Toyen.