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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But they were ready to form a kind of “ united front ” with para - communist
organizations or with revolutionary intellectuals seeking the enlightenment of
Lenin and Trotsky . On the first level was the Clarté group , with which there had
2 For him , if the intellectuals were capable of playing a more decisive role in
France than in other countries , they were nonetheless of no direct help to the
revolutionary proletariat , the only force capable of carrying out the revolution
hailed by ...
Their movement was to fail precisely because they were no more than
intellectuals , that is. 10 “ It is not a shapeless insurrection that will seize power .
What will decide social destiny today is the organic creation of a vast composition
of forces ...
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FOREWORD Maurice Nadeau
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