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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... course , no such cosmic event ever took place outside the minds of a few zealots . But it is true that surrealism reverberated more deeply and widely than any movement since symbolism . The question is : Why ? In its sixty - year ...
... course of the last few years . I shall add that it is only by a real abuse of language that this latter activity can be characterized as revolutionary • As we see , the Revolution is in ideas . The surrealists ' conception of it permits ...
... course , but quite incapable by its very nature of causing that tidal wave the surrealists desired : at best it seemed likely to win over a few individual souls by a slow penetra- tion . Nonetheless a hosannah in honor of the East and ...
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