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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Is it surprising that they should feel frustrated in their aspirations and that the best
should become aware of the deception by which they have been victimized ? The
machine , once certain gears have been repaired , begins grinding again .
This was assuredly the only domain in which thought could become immediately
operative . Still , there exist certain societies situated precisely outside of time and
history , in which thought becomes immediately operative : the shaman makes ...
He will maintain at any price in each other ' s presence the two terms of the
human relation , by whose destruction the most precious conquests would
instantaneously become null and void : the objective awareness of realities , and
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FOREWORD Maurice Nadeau
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