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Eugène Atget

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Even though Eugène Atget didn’t belong to the same group of “conspirators of imagination” as the surrealists, his images became “appropriated” by them. He differed from them, of course. He was much older, and he died three years after...

Walter Benjamin

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

Encyclopedia Article

...Overview Although the German-Jewish cultural critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin’s relation to surrealism was peripheral, he was a perceptive early critic of the movement who recognized its significance as a symptom of the modern crisis...

The College of Sociology

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Between November 1937 and July 1939, in the backroom of the Galéries du livre, bookshop in Paris a series of lectures and discussions took place under the title “The College of Sociology.” The “College” grouped together a number of figures...

Critical Theory

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Overview Walter Benjamin and Herbert Marcuse are the key figures of Critical Theory in dialogue with surrealism. For Benjamin, his serious engagement with it is made public in his writings from the 1920s until his death in 1940, whilst...

Guillaume Apollinaire

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Guillaume Apollinaire coined the word ‘surréaliste’ to describe a play that was neither symbolic nor idealist: his own play Les Mamelles de Tirésias, first performed in 1917. The encouragement Guillaume Apollinaire created for surrealists...