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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I want to repeat in Clarté itself that the problems raised by human existence do
not derive from the miserable little revolutionary activity that has occurred in the
East during the course of the last few years . I shall add that it is only by a real ...
Breton adds that in 1925 surrealist activity became aware of its “ relative
inadequacy , ” he indicates how it “ ceased to be content with the results (
automatic texts , accounts of dreams , improvised speeches , poems ,
spontaneous drawings or ...
... uninterrupted transformation of any object on which the paranoiac activity
seizes , in other words , the ultra - confusional activity which takes its source in
the obsessive idea . This uninterrupted transformation permits the paranoiac to
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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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