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"Surrealism" is a survey of the twentieth century's longest lasting
and, arguably, most influential art movement. Championed and held
together by Andre Breton for over forty years, Surrealism was
France's major avant-garde artistic tendency from 1924 onwards,
rapidly spreading around the globe to become an international
phenomenon. During World War II Surrealism's exiled artists and
writers had a major impact on American art and were a primary
influence for the Abstract Expressionist generation. The official
surrealist movement continued to the end of Breton's life in 1966,
and its legacy is still pervasive today, in contemporary art as
well as in numerous quotations from surrealist imagery in cinema,
advertising and the media.
The Survey essay by Mary Ann Caws - a distinguished scholar,
translator and associate of the Surrealists - describes in clear,
perceptive and lively prose the essential characteristics that
define Surrealism, as well as tracing a concise path through the
chronology of this prolific and wide-ranging movement. The text
also demonstrates how surrealist art and writing are
interdependent. The Works section follows the movement from its
beginnings in the 1920s up to the 1940s and 1950s. Its six sections
trace the themes which predominated at different stages: Chance and
Freedom - the earliest work, characterized by complete automatic
spontaneity; Poetics of Vision - the strategies of surrealist
image-making, reflecting the mind's inner visions; Elusive Objects
- the fascination with objects of all kinds from which emerged
artworks such as Meret Oppenheim's celebrated fur-lined cup and
saucer; Desire - the investigation of desire, eroticism and 'mad
love' which is central and unique to the movement; Delirium -
Surrealism's high-risk engagement with extreme mental states and
disturbing, uncanny visions; and, the Infinite Terrains of later
Surrealism, ranging from Joseph Cornell's magical assemblages in
box frames, like 'theatres of the mind', to the infinite fields and
dynamic energy of late surrealist painting at the dawn of Abstract
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