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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Whether they have been used well or badly is another matter . There are always ,
of course , disadvantages in talking about living men , in passing judgments on
them , in expressing preferences which cannot help being personal . It is true that
But it shouldn't matter to you anyway . Continue as long as you like . Trust in the
... 13 Aragon put matters quite clearly a few years later : “ Surrealism is inspiration
recognized , accepted and practiced . No longer as an inexplicable visitation ...
What matters is that the surrealists said they no longer wanted to consider the
revolution except " in its economic and social form , " and even employed strict
Leninist formulas to define it 10 This unequivocal declaration left the polemic with
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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
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