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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Hence there was no question of starting Dada all over again . One must be
engaged in a valid experiment , as the founders of surrealism kept repeating .
The investigation they had undertaken on the subject of suicide was notably to
focus on ...
We see , then , that in principle it was not a question of personal differences or of
petty jealousies . It was a question of the only viewpoint which the surrealists
adopted and were willing to adopt : were certain activities reconcilable with the ...
Apropos of the general intelligibility of certain texts , it may even be a question of
initiation . And yet it is still a question of life and death , of love and reason , of
justice and crime . The game is not a disinterested one ! The whole meaning of
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FOREWORD Maurice Nadeau
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