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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... the madwoman on the premises , as the French call the imagination . A
logician believed that by this supposedly insulting epithet he could cast suspicion
upon it , though it is all too sane , too far this side of madness - the real kind , the
It aims at creating above all a mysticism of a new kind ... Every true adept of the
surrealist revolution is obliged to believe that the surrealist movement is not a
movement in the abstract , and particularly in a certain poetic abstract that is
This emotion has nothing to do with satisfaction , rather with irritation , the kind
provoked by the disturbing perception of a lack . Henceforth the way lay open to
the production of a great many objects of this kind . Dali constructed many , but so
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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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