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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It was with relief that Breton and his friends abjured Dadaism . Alongside petty attacks on Tzara , going so far as to contest his paternity of the word Dada , Breton clearly expressed the reasons for his decision .
In reality , a step had to be taken which Breton and his friends , rightly or wrongly , were unwilling to take . It was not contempt and fear of action which held them back ; by giving their adherence to the Communist Party they sought ...
And his friends often permitted this , being too much in love to protest . He also spat on Poe and on Dufayel . He was not very sure of himself , he spat on the dinner that was not ready on time , he few into dreadful rages at the sight ...
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LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - giovannigf - LibraryThing
Very comprehensive history of the movement largely based on the group's documents: manifestos, edicts, articles, and speeches. Unfortunately that means that the individual participants remain sketchy ... Volledige review lezen
NOTE TO THE 1989 EDITION
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