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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... seems that destiny bears them toward one another , no matter what they do . The conversations occur in an atmosphere which is no longer normal , in which Breton often loses his way . What she says always seems to proceed from a ...
... seems to me to have everything to lose which the instinct of individual preservation has , in the most mediocre sense , to gain . It is not the material advantage which each man may hope to derive from the Revolu- tion which will ...
... seems to me , put the matter better , and the rapprochement of the two names which this last sentence affords can pass neither as arbitrary nor amusing . These names do not seem to us at all contradictory to each other , and we hope to ...
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