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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confirmed sleeper who wins every night, in his dreams, the treasure that he will
dissipate by day in small change. Man was ... Q.E.D., cause and effect, the whole
and the sum of its parts: open the gates to the dream, make room for automatism!
The results obtained by automatic writing, by the account of dreams, for instance,
are represented here, but no result of ... A préface signed by J.-A. Boiffard, Paul
Éluard and Roger Vitrac offers an apology for the dream described each morning
Retracing a certain period of his life, he observed in the dreams of that period,
which he interpreted psychoanalytically, a simple ... What guides him through
daily life is a fantasy in accord with desire, and no more reasonable than in the
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