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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... follow , one which Vaché had assimilated and which the surrealists , through him , attempted on occasion to imi- tate . Rimbaud had expressed the same experiment on a tragic level . It is one we can follow through his work and his life ...
... follow . This method , if one may call it that , and one might more accurately say this tendency , permits and will perhaps further permit us to observe the highest partiality , the one which has always cut us off from the world ; it ...
... follow . But it is inad- missible that surrealism , at grips with the most serious accusations with regard to its tendency , should appear suddenly without arms . We have said that the " poem ” was such that with regard to its ...
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