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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Maurice Nadeau. latter sought to pass itself off as a positive doctrine of Revolution , an ambition which the surrealists ... pass off surrealism as an a priori distortion of Marxism . . We must also protest your insistence on presenting ...
... pass for what it is not , a liberation from the literary rules , when it has actually taken a place outside of literature , has nothing to do with litera- ture . He sees quite clearly where the critics are ready to pigeon- hole it in ...
... pass . The case of " Red Front " is not , thereby , comparable . I should further object to Romains , who must know it as well as I , that the virtue of the poem , if not alien at least transcendent to the choice of its words , cannot ...
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