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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... hand , a deep- seated continuity appears to link all things and all events and to lend them a significance that provokes our wonder . Whether this continuity is seen as material or ideal , magical or rational , it fills us with a sense ...
... hand . . . We talked about Rimbaud ( whom he still de- tested ) , Apollinaire ( whom he had merely heard of ) , Jarry ( whom he admired ) , cubism ( which he regarded with sus- picion ) . He was reluctant to discuss his past . He ...
... hand to the enemy . " Upon Rachilde's remark , Breton stood up with great dignity and reminded Mme . Rachilde that the remark she had just made was insulting to his friend Max Ernst , who had been invited to this dinner.26 Suddenly a ...
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