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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... expression without betrayal , an expression whose humor and power , whose poetry , in a word , suddenly suffers before our eyes an enormous setback in the light of the little bourgeois lamp shaken over his head by one of those bitches ...
... expression equally current in English and in French — a dog's life , une vie de chien . A Dog's Life . At this very moment , the life of a man whose genius won't win his case for him ; of a man on whom everyone's back will be turned ...
... expression , in other words an expression of thought measured and weighed . First of all , I might remind any- one who suggests that this constitutes a new attitude on our part , all too obviously dictated by events , that eight years ...
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