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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... the ambiguity undisturbed because we sense that it belongs . 1 The
precariousness of my original distinction is by now evident . Either one of these
attitudes remains in danger of Alipping over into its opposite . In fact a plausible
There remains my faith in Christ , cigarettes , and the jazz records I love — “ Tea
for Two , ” “ Yearning ” — and above all , there remains surrealism . This curious
individual was to end badly all the same . Trying to reconcile Christianity and ...
But so long as the fusion of the two states in question remains purely ideal , so
long as it cannot be said to what degree it will finally come to pass — we are at
the stage of indicating , for the moment , that it is conceivable — there is no cause
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FOREWORD Maurice Nadeau
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