The History of Surrealism
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1989 - 351 pagina's
"I believe," André Breton said, "in the future resolution of the states of dream and reality--in appearance so contradictory--in a sort of absolute reality, or surréalité." The Surrealist movement, born in the 1920s out of the ferment of Dada, committed to revolution against bourgeois rationalism, and inspired by Freudian exploration of the unconscious, has reverberated more widely and deeply than perhaps any other art movement in our century. Its automatism, biomorphic shapes, visionary mode, and manipulation of found objects mark the work of artists as different as Ernst, Miró, Magritte, and Dali.
Maurice Nadeau's History of Surrealism, first published in French in 1944 and in English in 1965, has become a classic. It is both lucid and authoritative--by far the best overall account of this complex movement. Nadeau traces the evolution of Surrealism, bringing to life its many internal debates about politics and art. He relates the movement to its intellectual and artistic environment. And he provides the statements and manifestos of Breton, Aragon, Tzara, and others.
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around Breton , rich in unique experiences and alone capable of giving it its
charter : the Manifeste du surréalisme . Moreover the group had its own premises
: the Bureau de recherches surréalistes , at 15 , Rue de Grenelle and , starting ...
... deaf receptacles of so many echoes , the modest recording devices that are not
hypnotized by the designs they trace . . . - André Breton , Manifeste . . . . 12 André
Breton , Manifeste . . . 13 Aragon THE FOUNDATION OF THE MOVEMENT 89.
Breton , André : Mont de piété ( Au sans pareil , 1919 ) ; Les champs
magnétiques with Philippe Soupault ( ibid . , 1921 ) ; Clair de terre ( Littérature ,
1923 ) ; Les pas perdus ( Nouvelle Revue Française , 1924 ) ; Manifeste du
surréalisme ( Kra ...
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FOREWORD Maurice Nadeau
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