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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Part Two THE HEROIC PERIOD , 1923 – 1925 5 THE PERIOD OF TRANCES 79
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MOROCCAN WAR 117 Part Three THE ANALYTICAL PERIOD , 1925 – 1930
Surrealism , especially , is deeply embedded in the period between the two world
wars . To say as some have that on the level of art it is only a manifestation of the
period is oversimplified materialism : surrealism is also the heir and extender of ...
It treats erroneous arguments as they deserve , when they attempt to show
surrealism yielding to the snobberies of the period , or attempt to regard it as a
snobbery of a certain period . Actually , surrealism never fought so hard as
against what ...
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FOREWORD Maurice Nadeau
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