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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... poetic trance in all its integrity . The surrealist poets , since this name has been accorded them , wonderingly observe the flow of an inexhaustible spring , bearing gold nuggets along with the mud . What they do can no longer be ...
... poetic productions of surrealism , 2 notably those of Gisèle Prassinos , a girl of fourteen who according to the strict methods of automatic writing combined with a con- stant felicity the most preposterous and disconcerting images ...
... poetic technique ( which in itself is as valid as one could wish but which greatly limits the extent of his public ) , can ever have seriously alarmed the government , and the fact is that the censor let it pass . The case of " Red ...
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