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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... crowd to the lectures at the Collège de France to hear Bergson vituperate reason and proclaim the omnipotence of élan vital . But unable to define this élan vital , he can only propose the old fideist solua a tion all over again .
a a tion all over again . Einstein is more serious , his scientific language is not always understandable , but strange illuminations gleam here and there like an aurora borealis . “ We have made a mistake , ” he says in substance ...
... for confounding the West and its logical values of course , but quite incapable by its very nature of causing that tidal wave the surrealists desired : at best it seemed likely to win over a few individual souls by a slow tion .
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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
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