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Beauty

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...The First World War-era neologism “surrealism” results directly from a history of heated debates about aesthetic definitions and applications of beauty in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century France. Above all, surrealist beauty...

Poetics

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

Encyclopedia Article

...The art and theory of poetry is fundamental to surrealism and appears prominently even in its earliest manifestations. Unlike Dada, surrealism consistently desired to maintain poetry as a core medium, mode, and tool within its experiments...

Magic

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

Encyclopedia Article

...Surrealism’s conception of magic, which became a key—if contentious—element in the activity of the French group in the post-war era, draws on both “primitive” mythology and occultism. Magic is a notoriously slippery term in scholarly...

Charles Baudelaire

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

Encyclopedia Article

...Among those who appear in the surrealist pantheon from the beginning, Charles Baudelaire occupies an eminent position. Along with Rimbaud, who saw him as the “first clairvoyant, the king of poets, a true God,” and Lautréamont and Nerval...

The City

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

Encyclopedia Article

...Although the city was not a clearly defined category within surrealism, the modern urban environment, with its shop windows, billboards, kiosks, cafes, and inhabitants, functioned as a field of encounters, an unpredictable labyrinth open...