The History of Surrealism
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2000 - 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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16 There are even certain actions which they would not be asked to relate to their
words , provided the latter did not ... Hence one does not constantly arrive at the
same representation of the thought - action relationship , 17 or rather one ...
He assigned this development a goal which the surrealists ( Breton and
previously himself ) had never desired to achieve : “ the recognition in the domain
of actual practice of the Third International as the only revolutionary action . " 1
in the struggles of the revolutionary proletariat : “ As surrealists , we have no
intention of making poetry an excuse for rejecting political action . ” Was it
possible to hope that this outspoken declaration would silence the prejudices of
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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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