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The History of Surrealism.

The History of Surrealism

Maurice Nadeau. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1989. Surrealism rose from the ashes of Dada, with some of the same names reappearing--DuChamp, Picabia, Arp, Ernst. A movement of ideas, it created and named itself in 1924. Nadeau's book, originally published in French in 1952, has justifiably become a classic. Recognized as the best overall account of this complex movement, the evolution, manifestos, statements and major artworks epitomizing the Surrealist state of mind are included.

Despite its political overtones and questioning of the value of art, many of the Surrealists' paintings have earned an important place in the realm of art history, and the movement itself exerted the most international influence since Romanticism. Students and faculty will find this book an enlightening and important addition to any art department's art history collection. Recommended for high school, college and personal collections.
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Author:Baker, David
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Oct 1, 1989
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