Manifestoes of Surrealism

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University of Michigan Press, 1969 - Art - 304 pages
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Andre Breton discusses the meaning, aims, and political position of the Surrealist movement
  

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Surrealism, as explained by Andre Breton is simply the merging of dreams with reality, specifically in art but also in all aspects of life imagination is to be a person's greatest quality. Breton ... Read full review

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Contents

Preface for a Reprint of the Manifesto 1929
vii
Manifesto of Surrealism 1924
1
Soluble Fish 1924
49
Preface for the New Edition of the Second Manifesto 1946
111
Second Manifesto of Surrealism 1930
117
A Letter to Seers 1925
195
Political Position of Surrealism extracts
205
Preface 1935
207
Political Position of Todays Art 1935
212
Speech to the Congress of Writers 1935
234
On the Time When the Surrealists Were Right 1935
243
Surrealist Situation of the Object 1935
255
Prolegomena to a Third Surrealist Manifesto or Not 1942
279
On Surrealism in Its Living works 1953
295
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Andre Breton was born in Normandy, France on 19, 1896 and died on September 28, 1966. Breton was a poet, novelist, philosophical essayist, and art critic. He is considered to be the father of surrealism. From World War I to the 1940s, Breton was at the forefront of the numerous avant-garde activities that centered in Paris. Breton's influence on the art and literature of the twentieth century has been enormous. Picasso, Derain, Magritte, Giacometti, Cocteau, Eluard, and Gracq are among the many whose work was affected by his thinking. From 1927 to 1933, Breton was a member of the Communist party, but thereafter he opposed communism. His writings include the first Surrealist Manifesto (Manifeste du surréalisme) of 1924, in which he defined surrealism as "pure psychic automatism". He also wrote Nadja in 1928. Breton died in 1966 at 70 and was buried in the Cimetière des Batignolles in Paris.

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