The secret surrealist

  • Filename: the-secret-surrealist.
  • ISBN: UCSD:31822003109121
  • Release Date: 1987
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Author: Desmond Morris
  • Publisher: Harpercollins



The Esoteric Secrets of Surrealism

  • Filename: the-esoteric-secrets-of-surrealism.
  • ISBN: 9781620551769
  • Release Date: 2014-04-24
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Author: Patrick Lepetit
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



A profound understanding of the surrealists’ connections with alchemists and secret societies and the hermetic aspirations revealed in their works • Explains how surrealist paintings and poems employed mythology, gnostic principles, tarot, voodoo, alchemy, and other hermetic sciences to seek out unexplored regions of the mind and recover lost “psychic” and magical powers • Provides many examples of esoteric influence in surrealism, such as how Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon was originally titled The Bath of the Philosophers Not merely an artistic or literary movement as many believe, the surrealists rejected the labels of artist and author bestowed upon them by outsiders, accepting instead the titles of magician, alchemist, or--in the case of Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo--witch. Their paintings, poems, and other works were created to seek out unexplored regions of the mind and recover lost “psychic” and magical powers. They used creative expression as the vehicle to attain what André Breton called the “supreme point,” the point at which all opposites cease to be perceived as contradictions. This supreme point is found at the heart of all esoteric doctrines, including the Great Work of alchemy, and enables communication with higher states of being. Drawing on an extensive range of writings by the surrealists and those in their circle of influence, Patrick Lepetit shows how the surrealists employed mythology, gnostic principles, tarot, voodoo, and alchemy not simply as reference points but as significant elements of their ongoing investigations into the fundamental nature of consciousness. He provides many specific examples of esoteric influence among the surrealists, such as how Picasso’s famous Demoiselles d’Avignon was originally titled The Bath of the Philosophers, how painter Victor Brauner drew from his father’s spiritualist vocation as well as the Kabbalah and tarot, and how doctor and surrealist author Pierre Mabille was a Freemason focused on finding initiatory paths where “it is possible to feel a new system connecting man with the universe.” Lepetit casts new light on the connection between key figures of the movement and the circle of adepts gathered around Fulcanelli. He also explores the relationship between surrealists and Freemasonry, Martinists, and the Elect Cohen as well as the Grail mythos and the Arthurian brotherhood.

The Esoteric Secrets of Surrealism

  • Filename: the-esoteric-secrets-of-surrealism.
  • ISBN: 9781620551769
  • Release Date: 2014-04-24
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Author: Patrick Lepetit
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



A profound understanding of the surrealists’ connections with alchemists and secret societies and the hermetic aspirations revealed in their works • Explains how surrealist paintings and poems employed mythology, gnostic principles, tarot, voodoo, alchemy, and other hermetic sciences to seek out unexplored regions of the mind and recover lost “psychic” and magical powers • Provides many examples of esoteric influence in surrealism, such as how Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon was originally titled The Bath of the Philosophers Not merely an artistic or literary movement as many believe, the surrealists rejected the labels of artist and author bestowed upon them by outsiders, accepting instead the titles of magician, alchemist, or--in the case of Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo--witch. Their paintings, poems, and other works were created to seek out unexplored regions of the mind and recover lost “psychic” and magical powers. They used creative expression as the vehicle to attain what André Breton called the “supreme point,” the point at which all opposites cease to be perceived as contradictions. This supreme point is found at the heart of all esoteric doctrines, including the Great Work of alchemy, and enables communication with higher states of being. Drawing on an extensive range of writings by the surrealists and those in their circle of influence, Patrick Lepetit shows how the surrealists employed mythology, gnostic principles, tarot, voodoo, and alchemy not simply as reference points but as significant elements of their ongoing investigations into the fundamental nature of consciousness. He provides many specific examples of esoteric influence among the surrealists, such as how Picasso’s famous Demoiselles d’Avignon was originally titled The Bath of the Philosophers, how painter Victor Brauner drew from his father’s spiritualist vocation as well as the Kabbalah and tarot, and how doctor and surrealist author Pierre Mabille was a Freemason focused on finding initiatory paths where “it is possible to feel a new system connecting man with the universe.” Lepetit casts new light on the connection between key figures of the movement and the circle of adepts gathered around Fulcanelli. He also explores the relationship between surrealists and Freemasonry, Martinists, and the Elect Cohen as well as the Grail mythos and the Arthurian brotherhood.

Surrealist Women

  • Filename: surrealist-women.
  • ISBN: 0485300885
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Number of pages: 516
  • Author: Penelope Rosemont
  • Publisher: A&C Black



Surrealist Women displays the range and significance of women's contributions to surrealism. Penelope Rosemont, affiliated with the Paris Surrealist Group in the 1960s and now a Chicago poet and painter, has assembled nearly three hundred texts by ninety-six women from twenty-eight countries. She opens the book with a succinct summary of surrealism's basic aims and principles, followed by a discussion of the place of gender in the origins of the movement.The texts are organised into historical periods ranging from the 1920s to the present, with introductions describing trends in the movement for each period; and each surrealist's work is prefaced by a brief biographical statement. Authors include El Allailly, Bruna, Cunard, Carrington, Cesaire, Gauthier, Giovanna, van Hirtum, Kahlo, Levy, Mansour, Mitrani, Pailthorpe, Joyce Peters, Rahon, Svankmajerova, Taub, Zangana>

Surrealist Painters and Poets

  • Filename: surrealist-painters-and-poets.
  • ISBN: 0262532018
  • Release Date: 2002-08
  • Number of pages: 564
  • Author: Mary Ann Caws
  • Publisher: MIT Press



Art and writings by Surrealist painters and poets from a wide range of countries.

Ghost Ships

  • Filename: ghost-ships.
  • ISBN: 0300104316
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 266
  • Author: Robert McNab
  • Publisher: Yale University Press



A moving and spectacular tale of love, jealousy, and exotic travel, centering on three significant figures in the surrealist movement. This book describes the secret journey made by an extraordinary ménage à trois: the painter Max Ernst, Paul Eluard (cofounder of surrealism with André Breton), and Eluard's wife Gala. The author unravels the story of Ernst's love affair with Gala, Eluard's disappearance, Ernst and Gala's pursuit of him, their meeting in Saigon where the love triangle came apart, and the resulting departure of the Eluards, who left Ernst to explore the jungles of French Indochina alone. The impact on the work of both men was profound. As for Gala, she eventually dropped both her lovers for Salvador Dali.

The Secret Violence of Henry Miller

  • Filename: the-secret-violence-of-henry-miller.
  • ISBN: 9781571134844
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 230
  • Author: Katy Masuga
  • Publisher: Camden House



Miller as a writer whose work does something more profound and violent to literary conventions than produce novel effects: it announces the possibility of difference and instability within language itself.

The Surrealist Look

  • Filename: the-surrealist-look.
  • ISBN: 0262531623
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 344
  • Author: Mary Ann Caws
  • Publisher: MIT Press



"Long, intense years of immersion in the poetry and art of the Surrealist climate endow Mary Ann Caws' responses with what the Surrealists would have called authenticity -- a rare quality. Her present meditation offers a fresh view of unusual value in her stress on the element of the Baroque in Surrealists' works. I would say that Caws enters her thoughts on the history of Surrealism with perfect pitch; both eye and ear alert to every nuance, and mind attuned to their grandest illusions. She offers a lively argument which, with considerable daring, leads her readers deeply into Surrealist territory where they must, willingly, lose themselves." -- Dore Ashton, author and Professor of Art History at The Cooper Union How we look at Surrealism, how it looks at the objects it encounters, and how it looks from here: all these looks intertwine in this study linking Surrealism and the Baroque. "Le look" (whatever it might be): you have it or you don't, and Surrealism had it all the way. The emotional charge Surrealism extended to the objects of its encounter makes itself felt as at least philosophically erotic. This charged look determines the atmosphere around the Surrealist text and its encounters--in the world of art and the world it made into art. In this unprecedented attempt to make sense of the way Surrealism sees, conceals, poses, and stares at its own self and the selves of others, Mary Ann Caws examines the decors, games, portraits, transformations, and mirrorings that establish Surrealism's links to Baroque forms of representation. "We have to learn to look and to read slowly, " Caws writes. Her study begins with anexhortation to take one's time, for the figures in the carpet of this study are not easy, nor do they put one at ease. Take, for example, the self-portraits of Claude Cahum and Dorothea Tanning, Marcel Duchamp's creation Rrose Silavy, the crossing of Andri Breton into Melusine. The constructions of Joseph Cornell and the fashionings by Man Ray meet in a space determined by the architecture of Frangois de Nomi, Robert Desnos, and Antonin Artaud, pointed at by Marcel Duchamp in his crossings not just with Rrose but with Ludwig Wittgenstein. The game of the Exquisite Corpse has it own erotic charge, and the Baroque "vanitas" casts its shadow over everything from Cornell's Shadow Boxes to the game of chance. It all ends with two of Picasso's pipes, one by a skull and one in a frame play--signaling, perhaps, that Surrealism looks the way it looks and speaks the Baroque language it speaks because whoever is looking frames it that way.

The Screen in Surrealist Art and Thought

  • Filename: the-screen-in-surrealist-art-and-thought.
  • ISBN: 9781351540612
  • Release Date: 2017-07-05
  • Number of pages: 340
  • Author: Haim Finkelstein
  • Publisher: Routledge



An interrogation of the notion of space in Surrealist theory and philosophy, this study analyzes the manifestations of space in the paintings and writings done in the framework of the Surrealist Movement. Haim Finkelstein introduces the 'screen' as an important spatial paradigm that clarifies and extends the understanding of Surrealism as it unfolds in the 1920s, exploring the screen and layered depth as fundamental structuring principles associated with the representation of the mental space and of the internal processes that eventually came to be linked with the Surrealist concept of psychic automatism. Extending the discussion of the concepts at stake for Surrealist visual art into the context of film, literature and criticism, this study sheds new light on the way 'film thinking' permeates Surrealist thought and aesthetics. In early chapters, Finkelstein looks at the concept of the screen as emblematic of a strand of spatial apprehension that informs the work of young writers in the 1920s, such as Robert Desnos and Louis Aragon. He goes on to explore the way the spatial character of the serial films of Louis Feuillade intimated to the Surrealists a related mode of vision, associated with perception of the mystery and the Marvelous lurking behind the surfaces of quotidian reality. The dialectics informing Surrealist thought with regard to the surfaces of the real (with walls, doors and windows as controlling images), are shown to be at the basis of Andr?reton's notion of the picture as a window. Contrary to the traditional sense of this metaphor, Breton's 'window' is informed by the screen paradigm, with its surface serving as a locus of a dialectics of transparency and opacity, permeability and reflectivity. The main aesthetic and conceptual issues that come up in the consideration of Breton's window metaphor lay the groundwork for an analysis of the work of Giorgio de Chirico, Ren?agritte, Max Ernst, Andr?asson, and Joan Mir?he concluding chapter consi

The Secret Life of Salvador Dal

  • Filename: the-secret-life-of-salvador-dal.
  • ISBN: 9780486319841
  • Release Date: 2013-06-10
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Salvador Dali
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation



This startling early autobiography takes Dalí through his late 30s and "communicates the...total picture of himself (Dalí) sets out to portray" — Books. Superbly illustrated with over 80 photographs and scores of drawings.

The Surrealist Parade

  • Filename: the-surrealist-parade.
  • ISBN: 0811211266
  • Release Date: 1990
  • Number of pages: 178
  • Author: Wayne Andrews
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing



A portrait of the Surrealist movement in art and literature.

The Surrealist Mind

  • Filename: the-surrealist-mind.
  • ISBN: 0945636067
  • Release Date: 1991-01
  • Number of pages: 233
  • Author: J. H. Matthews
  • Publisher: Susquehanna University Press



This work reflects the search for proof of the existence of a mind that may be accurately called surrealist. Concentrating on painting and poetry, it shows how the surrealists envisaged, reacted to, and practiced art as a creative activity.

Hydrolith 2 Surrealist Research Investigations

  • Filename: hydrolith-2-surrealist-research-investigations.
  • ISBN: 9780578157924
  • Release Date: 2015-02-06
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Oyster Moon Press
  • Publisher: Lulu.com



"This second issue of Hydrolith is a continuation of what the first volume started, which was and is to assemble a stimulating selection of exclusively recent work by groups and individuals of the international Surrealist movement, to facilitate intellectual exchange and collaboration, enabling us to concentrate the echoes of our commonalities as well as the shadows of our differences. In so doing, this volume aspires to reduce all manner of distances that exist between us. All works in this book are in English, while many of them are translations from the Dutch, French, Greek, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Turkish languages." (From the Preface, p. 7)

Surrealist Ghostliness

  • Filename: surrealist-ghostliness.
  • ISBN: 9780803226593
  • Release Date: 2013-07
  • Number of pages: 299
  • Author: Katharine Conley
  • Publisher: U of Nebraska Press



"A study of the theme of ghostliness in surrealist work from the 1920s to 1990s"--

J G Ballard s Surrealist Imagination

  • Filename: j-g-ballard-s-surrealist-imagination.
  • ISBN: 9781351925815
  • Release Date: 2016-12-05
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Jeannette Baxter
  • Publisher: Routledge



Making the case that J. G. Ballard's fictional and non-fictional writings must be read within the framework of Surrealism, Jeannette Baxter argues for a radical revisioning of Ballard that takes account of the political and ethical dimensions of his work. Ballard's appropriation of diverse Surrealist aesthetic forms and political writings, Baxter suggests, are mobilised to contest official narratives of postwar history and culture and offer a series of counter-historical and counter-cultural critiques. Thus Ballard's work must be understood as an exercise in Surrealist historiography that is politically and ethically engaged. Placing Ballard's illustrated texts within this critical framework permits Baxter to explore the effects of photographs, drawings, and other visual symbols on the reading experience and the production of meaning. Ballard's textual spectacles raise a variety of questions about the shifting role of the reader and the function of the written text within a predominantly visual culture, while acknowledging the visual contexts of Ballard's Surrealist writings allows a very different historical picture of the author and his work to emerge.

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