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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Jacques Vaché's Lettres de guerre was published under the auspices of the
Littérature group in a little yellow-covered magazine that had three editors: Louis
Aragon, André Breton, Philippe Soupault. A certain distance was still kept from
These individuals were expelled surrealists like Artaud and Vitrac, or those
momentarily on distant terms with the movement like Boiffard, Gérard, Leiris,
Limbour, Masson, Souris, Tual; editors of Clarté like Altman, Guitard, Morhange,
18 (November 15, 1913); editors: Guillaume Apollinaire and Jean Cérusse. No.
26–27 (last): July–August 1914. Maintenant. Editor: Arthur Cravan. Published
irregularly during 1913, 1914, 1915. Sic. Editor: P. Albert-Birot. No. 1: January
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