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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... reason , his logical faculties to changing the world , but who has turned out to be powerless to change himself . He has remained the savage using machines of which he knows only the approximate function . Worse , he becomes the ...
... Reason , all - powerful reason , stands accused , and stands mute : she has nothing to say in her defense . Reality is something besides what we see , hear , touch , smell , taste . There exist unknown forces that control us , but upon ...
... reason that in such a domain an objective point of departure can be only an objective point of arrival , and that in this poem we find the return to the external subject and especially to the emotional subject with all the historical ...
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