Farewell to the Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism

Author: Whitney Chadwick

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500774056

Category: Art

Page: 256

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A fascinating examination of the ambitions and friendships of a talented group of midcentury women artists Farewell to the Muse documents what it meant to be young, ambitious, and female in the context of an avant-garde movement defined by celebrated men whose backgrounds were often quite different from those of their younger lovers and companions. Focusing on the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, Whitney Chadwick charts five female friendships among the Surrealists to show how Surrealism, female friendship, and the experiences of war, loss, and trauma shaped individual women’s transitions from someone else’s muse to mature artists in their own right. Her vivid account includes the fascinating story of Claude Cahun and Suzanne Malherbe in occupied Jersey, as well as the experiences of Lee Miller and Valentine Penrose at the front line. Chadwick draws on personal correspondence between women, including the extraordinary letters between Leonora Carrington and Leonor Fini during the months following the arrest and imprisonment of Carrington’s lover Max Ernst and the letter Frida Kahlo shared with her friend and lover Jacqueline Lamba years after it was written in the late 1930s. This history brings a new perspective to the political context of Surrealism as well as fresh insights on the vital importance of female friendship to its progress.

Farewell to the Muse

Love, War and the Women of Surrealism

Author: Whitney Chadwick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500239681


Page: 256

View: 2764

A fascinating examination of the ambitions and friendships of a talented group of midcentury women artists

Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement

Author: Whitney Chadwick

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500276228

Category: Art

Page: 256

View: 7361

This pioneering book stands as the most comprehensive treatment of the lives, ideas and art works of the remarkable group of women who were an essential part of the Surrealist movement.

Eileen Agar

Dreaming Oneself Awake

Author: Michel Remy

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781780237275


Page: 224

View: 5852

Born in Buenos Aires in 1899, and reborn in Paris in 1928, Eileen Agar was an artist whose work throughout her long career synthesized elements of the two main art movements of the twentieth century: Cubism and Surrealism. This monograph, the first full account of Agar's complete works, including paintings, collages, photographs and objects, comes at a time when there is a major revival of interest in Surrealism in the UK and worldwide. Drawing on personal conversations with the artist as well as original research, Michel Remy examines the life and work of the artist through-out her long career, from her passage through Cubism and abstraction to Surrealism, as well as her dedicated participation in Surreal-ist activities in England and abroad. Each period is illustrated with many striking images, including rare photographs, and supported by penetrating interpretations. The powerful myth-making drive that underlies Agar's output is revealed, as well the tenderness, humour, poetry, love of nature and the world, subversion of the laws of reality, and celebration of femininity that suffuses each of her works.0.
Literary Criticism

Automatic Woman

The Representation of Woman in Surrealism

Author: Katharine Conley

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803214743

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 179

View: 9484

Contemporary feminist critics have often described Surrealism as a misogynist movement. In Automatic Woman, Katharine Conley addresses this issue, confirming some feminist allegations while qualifying and overturning others. Through insightfuløanalyses of works by a range of writers and artists, Conley develops a complex view of Surrealist portrayals of Woman. Conley begins with a discussion of the composite image of Woman developed by such early male Surrealists as Andrä Breton, Francis Picabia, and Paul Eluard. She labels that image ?Automatic Woman??a term that comprises views of Woman as provocative and revolutionary but also as a depersonalized object largely devoid of individuality and volition. This analysis largely confirms feminist critiques of Surrealism. The heart of the book, however, examines the writings of Leonora Carrington and Unica Z_rn, two women in the Surrealist movement whose works, Conley argues, anticipate much contemporary feminist art and theory. In concluding, Conley shows how Breton?s own views on women evolved in the course of his long career, arriving at last at a position far more congenial to contemporary feminists. Automatic Woman is distinguished by Katharine Conley?s judicious understanding of how women?and the image of Woman?figured in Surrealism. The book is an important contemporary account of a cultural movement that continues to fascinate, influence, and provoke us.

Significant Others

Author: Whitney Chadwick,Isabelle de Courtivron

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500293812

Category: Artists

Page: 256

View: 9807

Biographies of artists and writers have traditionally presented an individual's lone struggle for self-expression. In this book, critics and historians challenge these assumptions in a series of essays that focus on artist and writer couples who have shared sexual and artistic bonds. Featuring duos such as Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel, Sonia and Robert Delaunay, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, this book combines biography with evaluation of each partner's work in the context of the relationship.

Surrealist Women

Author: Penelope Rosemont

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567171280

Category: Philosophy

Page: 600

View: 5770

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

The Lives of the Surrealists

Author: Desmond Morris

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500021361

Category: ART

Page: 272

View: 7688

Life histories of the Surrealists, known and unknown, by one of the last surviving members of the movement--artist and best-selling author Desmond Morris

Unlocking the Church

The Lost Secrets of Victorian Sacred Space

Author: William Whyte

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198796153


Page: 272

View: 2755

The Victorians built tens of thousands of churches in the hundred years between 1800 and 1900.Wherever you might be in the English-speaking world, you will be close to a Victorian built or remodelled ecclesiastical building. Contemporary experience of church buildings is almost entirely down to the zeal of Victorians such as John Henry Newman, Henry Wilberforce and Augustus Pugin, and their ideas about the role of architecture in our spiritual life and well-being. In Unlocking the Church, William Whyte explores a forgotten revolution in social and architectural history and in the history of the Church. He details the architectural and theological debates of the day, explaining how the Tractarians of Oxford and the Ecclesiologists of Cambridge were embroiled in the aesthetics of architecture, and how the Victorians profoundly changed the ways in which buildings were understood and experienced. No longer mere receptacles for worship, churches became active agents in their own rights, capable of conveying theological ideas and designed to shape people's emotions. These church buildings are now a challenge: their maintenance, repair or repurposing are pressing problems for parishes in age of declining attendance and dwindling funds. By understanding their past, unlocking the secrets of their space, there might be answers in how to deal with the legacy of the Victorians now and into the future.

Kay Sage Catalogue Raisonné

Author: Jessie Sentivan,Mary Ann Caws,Stephen Robeson Miller

Publisher: Prestel Publishing

ISBN: 9783791357850

Category: ART

Page: 520

View: 8660

"The catalogue raisonné covers Sage's mature style of work from 1934 to 1961. Separated into four sections, the book features over 230 entries with full-page, color reproductions throughout: 138 paintings, 22 collages, 51 works on paper, and 23 constructions. A number of works are presented for the first time. Also included is a small group of Sage's rarely seen, earlier academic work produced in Italy. A poetic and thoughtful essay by Mary Ann Caws delves into the Sage's life, bringing to light new insight into the artist's very personal practice. A chronology by Sage scholar Stephen Robeson Miller provides new research and documentation. Both are fully illustrated"--
Biography & Autobiography

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

A Surreal Life

Author: Joanna Moorhead

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349008760

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 2374

In 2006 journalist Joanna Moorhead discovered that her father's cousin, Prim, who had disappeared many decades earlier, was now a famous artist in Mexico. Although rarely spoken of in her own family (regarded as a black sheep, a wild child; someone they were better off without) in the meantime Leonora Carrington had become a national treasure in Mexico, where she now lived, while her paintings are fetching ever-higher prices at auction today. Intrigued by her story, Joanna set off to Mexico City to find her lost relation. Later she was to return to Mexico ten times more between then and Leonora's death in 2011, sometimes staying for months at a time and subsequently travelling around Britain and through Europe in search of the loose ends of her tale. They spent days talking and reading together, drinking tea and tequila, going for walks and to parties and eating take away pizzas or dining out in her local restaurants as Leonora told Joanna the wild and amazing truth about a life that had taken her from the suffocating existence of a debutante in London via war-torn France with her lover, Max Ernst, to incarceration in an asylum and finally to the life of a recluse in Mexico City. Leonora was one of the last surviving participants in the Surrealist movement of the 1930s, a founding member of the Women's Liberation Movement in Mexico during the 1970s and a woman whose reputation will survive not only as a muse but as a novelist and a great artist. This book is the extraordinary story of Leonora Carrington's life, and of the friendship between two women, related by blood but previously unknown to one another, whose encounters were to change both their lives.

Surrealism and the Dream

Author: José Jiménez,Dawn Ades,Georges Sebbag

Publisher: Distributed Art Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9788415113461

Category: Art

Page: 349

View: 2174

"Can't the dream be used in solving the fundamental problems of life?" asked Andre Breton, in the "First Surrealist Manifesto." For the Surrealists, dreams were the ultimate site of possibility, the realm in which the artist and writer might be liberated from his or her rationality, moral judgment and taste. This beautifully designed volume offers, for the first time, a thorough account of the centrality of dreams to the Surrealist project. It includes paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures and photographs by Jean Arp, Brassai, Victor Brauner, Andre Breton, Claude Cahun, Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dali, Paul Delvaux, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Andre Masson, Dora Maar, Paul Nouge, Karel Teige and Yves Tanguy, among others. A special section on "Those Who Paved the Way (of Dreams)" includes works by J.J. Grandville, Odilon Redon and Henri Rousseau. Critical texts by Dawn Ades and Geroges Sebbag examine the history and philosophy of dreams within the Surrealist movement.

Historia and Fabula

Myths and Legends in Historical Thought from Antiquity to the Modern Age

Author: Peter G. Bietenholz

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004100633

Category: History

Page: 434

View: 8160

Examining a variety of texts ranging from the Ancient Near East to the nineteenth century, this book deals with the inevitable presence of both fact and fiction in historical thought and investigates when, where and to what degree they were distinguished.


The Visual Encyclopedia of Art

Author: Giovanna Uzzani,Scala Group

Publisher: Welcome Rain

ISBN: 9781566499804

Category: Art

Page: 315

View: 3765

Surrealism was born to affirm unlimited faith in the genius of youth." – Andre Breton Literary surrealism begins with the death of dada in 1924; a movement to liberate expressive form, to release the world of the subconscious, of dreams and nightmares, paranoia, suppressed eroticism, and the dark side of the mind. Humor, extravagance, cruelty and anguish "outside all aesthetic or moral preoccupations" recur in the art of Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali, Paul Delvaux, Yves Tanguy, Joan Miro, Jean (Hans) Arp, Henry Moore and Man Ray among others.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Author: Jane Jacobs

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448180287

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 7599

In this classic text, Jane Jacobs set out to produce an attack on current city planning and rebuilding and to introduce new principles by which these should be governed. The result is one of the most stimulating books on cities ever written. Throughout the post-war period, planners temperamentally unsympathetic to cities have been let loose on our urban environment. Inspired by the ideals of the Garden City or Le Corbusier's Radiant City, they have dreamt up ambitious projects based on self-contained neighbourhoods, super-blocks, rigid 'scientific' plans and endless acres of grass. Yet they seldom stop to look at what actually works on the ground. The real vitality of cities, argues Jacobs, lies in their diversity, architectural variety, teeming street life and human scale. It is only when we appreciate such fundamental realities that we can hope to create cities that are safe, interesting and economically viable, as well as places that people want to live in. 'Perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning... Jacobs has a powerful sense of narrative, a lively wit, a talent for surprise and the ability to touch the emotions as well as the mind' New York Times Book Review

Dora Maar

Paris in the Time of Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, and Picasso

Author: Louise Baring

Publisher: Rizzoli Publications

ISBN: 0847858537

Category: Art

Page: 223

View: 3098

The only book on Dora Maar, known today for her long relationship with Picasso, to focus on her own critically acclaimed fine-art surrealist photography. This volume will appeal to lovers of Surrealism and anyone interested in 1930s Paris. An exquisite volume on the beautiful, talented and mysterious Dora Maar, showcasing her surrealist photography, her life with Picasso, and her friendships with Surrealist artists, evoking the atmosphere of 1930s Paris.

Charles II

Art and Power

Author: Rufus Bird,Olivia Fryman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781909741447

Category: Art

Page: 496

View: 9016

The Restoration era of the British monarchy covers the reigns of Charles II (1660-85) and James II (1685-8). This publication focuses on the art and culture of the Restoration court at this time, including the development of an 'English baroque' and the use of court ritual and art (especially decorative art) by both monarchs. 0This sumptuously illustrated book showcases the replacement crown jewels made for the coronation of Charles II in 1661, his collection of Italian Old Master paintings, drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and the spectacular furnishings of the palaces of Whitehall and St James's. 00Exhibition: Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, United Kingdom (08.12.2017-13.05.2018).

The Mirage

A Novel

Author: Matt Ruff

Publisher: Harper

ISBN: 9780061976223

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 5246

In the summer of 2009, Arab Homeland Security agent Mustafa al Baghdadi is plunged into a deadly conspiracy involving gangster Suddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, when a captured suicide bomber claims that the world in which they live is a mirage. 40,000 first printing.

Surreal Lovers

Eight Women Integral to the Life of Max Ernst

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788417048006

Category: Artists

Page: 376

View: 4728

This book recounts the life and loves of artists and writers, Leonora Carrington, Peggy Guggenheim, Dorothea Tanning, Leonor Fini, Meret Oppenheim, Gala, Luise Straus and Marie-Berthe Aurenche during their years with Max Ernst. Beginning in Cologne at the outbreak of war in 1914 and the eruption of Dada, it describes the birth and heyday of Surrealism in Paris in the 1920s and ends with its demise in New York in the 1940s. The years in between were a whirlwind that shredded the artists dreams and scattered them around the globe from Cologne, London and Paris, to Saigon, Marseille, Lisbon and New York. Their saga contains episodes of searing passion, madness and betrayal when they made great art and lost, found and abandoned one another in the process. AUTHOR: Margaret Hooks is an Irish writer who has written extensively on the life and work of artists among them Tina Modotti, Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, Edward Weston, Max Ernst and Edward James. Her books include the award-winning biography Tina Modotti: Photographer & Revolutionary, Frida Kahlo: Portraits of an Icon and Surreal Eden: Edward James & Las Pozas. Her writing has appeared in ARTnews, BOMB, Afterimage, Vogue, Aperture, Elle, The Guardian and The Observer Magazine. 16 images

The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice: The Stories of Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim

Author: Judith Mackrell

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500773963

Category: History

Page: 408

View: 679

The story of Venice’s “Unfinished Palazzo”— told through the lives of three of its most unconventional, passionate, and fascinating residents: Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse, and Peggy Guggenheim Commissioned in 1750, the Palazzo Venier was planned as a testimony to the power and wealth of a great Venetian family, but the fortunes of the Veniers waned midconstruction and the project was abandoned. Empty, unfinished, and decaying, the building was considered an eyesore until the early twentieth century when it attracted and inspired three women at key moments in their lives: Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse, and Peggy Guggenheim. Luisa Casati turned her home into an aesthete’s fantasy where she hosted parties as extravagant and decadent as Renaissance court operas, spending small fortunes on her own costumes in her quest to become a “living work of art” and muse. Doris Castlerosse strove to make her mark in London and Venice during the glamorous, hedonistic interwar years, hosting film stars and royalty at glittering parties. In the postwar years, Peggy Gugenheim turned the Palazzo into a model of modernist simplicity that served as a home for her exquisite collection of modern art that today draws tourists and art lovers from around the world. Each vivid life story is accompanied by previously unseen materials from family archives, weaving an intricate history of these legendary art world eccentrics.