"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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Intelligent and exact, [this book] should be studies by everyone who seeks enlightenment about the contemporary mind. (New York Times Book Review)
Like it or not, surrealism cannot be ignored in an overview of 20th-century thought. Nadeau's book is still its most intelligent text. (Washington International Arts Letter)
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Book Description Pelican, 1973. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140216855
Book Description Pelican, 1973. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140216855