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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The minutes continue : “ The defense notes that the witness spends his time
making jokes , ” obviously a capital sin in this undertaking This swift passage of
arms between the founder of Dada and that of surrealism merely inaugurates the
He sees the reason for this in the excessive negligence on the part of most
surrealists who were merely astounded by their discoveries and content to limit
themselves to them . The scientific , experimental side yielded , deplorably , to the
To refuse to acknowledge this is not to evidence a moral purity or a revolutionary
severity , but merely to manifest toward poetry the disdain of the prosaic spirit of
which Hegel speaks , merely to class oneself among the scorners of poetry or ...
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FOREWORD Maurice Nadeau
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