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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... live . It was Barrès who was arraigned , of course , but the trial of Dada was also beginning . As was proved the following year ( 1922 ) when Breton , feeling the need to take his bearings in relation to this agitation after the ...
... live " he surrendered to journalistic activity , that is consented , ac- cording to Breton , to his own moral suicide . What had become of the direct inspirers of surrealism ? Here was Marcel Duchamp , whose influence was scarcely less ...
... live the social Revolution , and it alone ! We have a serious account to settle with the mind , we are too uncomfortable in our thought , we suffer too painfully the weight of the " styles " dear to M. Barbusse , to have the slighest ...
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