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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... there were two different problems : the problem of knowledge " which has
presented itself to us electively , " and the problem of the appropriate social
action to be taken , which he would not and could not discard , but whose
solution he left ...
The surrealists claimed not to lose caste by regarding problems from a higher
level , the heights of the moral realm . For it was once again a moral problem that
was raised in the editorial of number 9-10 for October 1 , 1927 : Hands off Love ...
However , Breton adds , dialectical materialism , the acknowledged philosophy of
the revolutionaries , has a much broader field than the politicians suppose . Why
refuse to employ this instrument for the solution of extra - political problems ?
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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
NOTE TO THE 1989 EDITION
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