History of the Surrealist Movement

History of the Surrealist Movement

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"With its unprecedented depth and range, this massive new history of Surrealism from veteran French philosopher and art critic Durozoi will be the one-volume standard for years to come. . . . The book discusses expertly the main surrealist artists like Jean Arp, Max Ernst, Ren#65533; Magritte, Yves Tanguy, Salvador Dal#65533; and Joan Mir#65533;, but also treats with considerable understanding the surrealist writing by Louis Aragon, Paul Eluard, Robert Desnos, Julien Gra#65533;q and, of course, the so-called 'Pope of Surrealism,' Andr#65533; Breton. . . . This book should turn up in all serious collections on 20th century art."-- Publishers Weekly, starred review

From Dada to the Automatists, and from Max Ernst to Andr#65533; Breton, G#65533;rard Durozoi here provides the most comprehensive history of the Surrealist movement. Tracing the movement from its origins in the 1920s to its decline in the 1950s and 1960s, Durozoi tells the history of Surrealism through its activities, publications, and reviews, demonstrating its close ties to some of the most explosive political, as well as creative, debates of the twentieth century.

Drawing on a staggering amount of documentary and visual evidence--including 1,000 photos--Durozoi illuminates all the intellectual and artistic facets of the movement, from literature and philosophy to painting, photography, and film, thus making History of the Surrealist Movement its definitive encyclopedia.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2002
ISBN: 9780226174129
Characteristics: 805 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm


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Sep 25, 2012

This book is huge. Literally massive. The description here does not lie. THIS BOOK IS NOT A BOOK YOU CAN CARRY AROUND BECAUSE IT'S HEAVY AND IT'S THICK. It is huge, but I do have to state that this book is a history meant less for beginners who have no idea what Surrealism is, and is more for those who have an interest in Surrealism and a fair deal of prior knowledge, including some of the notables in the movement. I wouldn't recommend this book for those who are just getting into it, as it may be a touch intimidating.


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