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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It seems that she is always and naturally in what the spiritualists call a “state of
clairvoyance,” in a perfect and constant accessibility. She tells herself stories, and
lives them: “In fact, that is altogether the way I live.” After this first interview, there ...
seems to me to contribute to the desirable effect, neither in surface nor in depth.”
Of a real effort, aside from the constant reminder of immediate human interest, of
any effort which tends to call the mind to anything that is not the search for its ...
One cannot, it seems to me, put the matter better, and the rapprochement of the
two names which this last sentence affords can pass neither as arbitrary nor
amusing. These names do not seem to us at all contradictory to each other, and
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