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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latter sought to pass itself off as a positive doctrine of Revolution , an ambition
which the surrealists had rejected since 1925. He was therefore asked to correct
these matters publicly for , they said , he knew better than anyone that surrealism
... he does not want surrealism to pass for what it is not , a liberation from the
literary rules , when it has actually taken a place outside of literature , has nothing
to do with literature . He sees quite clearly where the critics are ready to
Let it pass that Jules Supervielle and Luc Durtain seem to him to represent , most
validly and authoritatively , the new tendencies : you know , Jules Supervielle
and Luc Durtain , those “ two writers so remarkable as writers ” ( sic ) —but ...
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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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