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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CHAPTER 4 THE " STIMULATORS " OF SURREALISM The science I am engaged in is a science distinct from poetry . I am not singing this latter . I am trying to dis- cover its source . Through the helm that steers all poetic thought ...
If this were not the case , poetic language would have long since been abolished in the prosaic , and its survival ... left its imprint , poetry must undertake to recast all these elements and to imprint them with its original seal .
... I must declare that it does not blaze a new trail for poetry and that it would be futile to propose it to today's poets as ... with the entire historical lesson that we may learn today from the most highly developed poetic forms .
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LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - giovannigf - LibraryThing
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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