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 author whose near - automatic writing appears to be most closely related to the surrealists is Gertrude Stein ; yet her preoccupation with her own genius and style made her practically impervious to in- fluence except from painting ...
Further , Breton undertakes a history of modern painting to show its relations with the movement . This study continued for several issues , under the title " Surrealism and Painting . " Of course paint- ing is a “ lamentable expedient ...
Painter , member of the sur- realist group from 1935 to 1939 . Péret , Benjamin ( 1899-1958 ) . French . " The Mandarin orange . ” Poet and surrealist storyteller from the origin of the movement . Picabia , Francis ( 1879-1953 ) .
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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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