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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... permit man to control himself in practical life . This was to be the means most often employed by the sur- realists , though not always and not by all , ( Éluard , for example , practiced automatic writing very little ) , and which was ...
... permits me to accuse those who ultimately have accepted it of ideal moderantism , you may be sure that this is because I have always placed , and place today , the spirit of revolt far above any politics ... The Russian✓ Revolution ...
... permits him to denounce as blemished " with definitive optimism " the productions and objurgations of M. Drieu la ... permit us to observe the highest partiality , the one which has always cut us off from the world ; it also will keep ...
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