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Surrealism and the Visual Arts
Theory and Reception


  • Author: Kim Grant, University of Southern Maine
  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107403345


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  • This 2005 study traces the development of Surrealist theory of visual art and its reception, from the birth of Surrealism to its institutionalization in the mid-1930s. Situating Surrealist art theory in its theoretical and discursive contexts, Kim Grant demonstrates the complex interplay between Surrealism and contemporary art criticism. She examines the challenge to Surrealist art raised by the magazine Cahiers d'Art, which promoted a group of young painters dedicated to a liberated and poetic painting process that was in keeping with the formalist evolution of modern art. Grant also discusses the centrality of visual art in Surrealism as a material manifestation of poetry, the significance of poetry in French theories of modern art, and the difficulties faced by an avant-garde art movement at a time when contemporary audiences had come to expect revolutionary innovation.

    • Comprehensive analysis of the development of the Surrealist theory of visual art
    • Covers the critical reception of Surrealist art in France
    • Comprehensive examination of the relationship of Surrealist art and theory to its contemporary French art world context
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107403345
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Poetry in the Theory and Criticism of Modern Painting in France:
    1. The tradition of poetry and lyricism in French art criticism
    2. Modern painting as poetic language
    3. The discovery of lyricism
    4. André Breton and modern art
    Part II. Establishing a Surrealist Visual Art:
    5. Defining Surrealism
    6. Defining Surrealist visual art
    7. Surrealism and painting I: the foundation of Surrealist art
    8. La Peinture Surréaliste: the presentation of Surrealist art and its reception
    9. Surrealism and painting II: materialism and morality
    Part III. The Threat of Surrealist Art:
    10. Initiating the challenge
    11. Surrealism and painting III: avoiding automatism
    12. Appropriating automatism
    13. Realism and Surrealism
    Part IV. Poetry Made Concrete:
    14. Defying painting
    15. Remaking reality
    16. Automatic style
    17. Conclusion: Surrealism as an institution.

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    Kim Grant, University of Southern Maine

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