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Simone Collinet

Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson is Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University of London, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 2 : Surrealists A–L

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Collinet was the first wife of André Breton and, along with her cousin Denise Lévy, played a key role in early surrealism as a sometimes acerbic critic and sounding board for Breton and the other surrealists as they developed the movement...

Evil

Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson is Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University of London, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Evil rebels against good. It could do no less.Evil becomes a specific, if implicit, issue for the surrealists from the time they discovered the works of the Comte de Lautréamont. In 1917 their curiosity was aroused when Philippe Soupault...

Melusina

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Melusina is a fairy-woman of medieval legend, associated with enchantment, regeneration, and the marvelous. Although certainly derived from an earlier cult of Celtic fertility goddesses, the name itself is first recorded in Jean d’Arras’ La...

Ferdinand Cheval

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Realizing a dream The surrealist group around André Breton was not averse to taking its bearings from obscure figures whose achievements they deemed to be inspirational. This resulted in the establishment of a capricious list...

Sarane Alexandrian

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 2 : Surrealists A–L

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Sarane Alexandrian was a prolific writer, the author of some sixty books on art, poetry, and philosophy, who for a short period during 1947–8 was the right-hand man to André Breton, as the movement’s Secretary-General. He left the group...

Georges Bataille

Georges Sebbag

A writer with a doctorate in philosophy, Georges Sebbag participated in the activities of the surrealist group in Paris from 1964 to 1969. He has written texts on time and many books about surrealism. His most recent are Potence avec paratonnerre, Surréalisme et philosophie (2012) and Foucault Deleuze, Nouvelles Impressions du Surréalisme (2015). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 2 : Surrealists A–L

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...By the end of his life, Georges Bataille was arousing real curiosity and enjoyed a certain prestige. A genuine aura emanated from his person. In the 1960s, Philippe Sollers and Jacques Derrida sang the praises of Antonin Artaud...

Gérard De Nerval

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...“In homage to Guillaume Apollinaire . . ., Soupault and I baptised the new mode of pure expression which we had at our disposal . . . by the name SURREALISM . . . To be even fairer, we could probably have taken over the word SUPERNATURALISM...

Wassily Kandinsky

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...During the years he lived in Paris (1933–44) Wassily Kandinsky was diversely labeled by French critics as a Russian folk artist, a fauvist, cubist, or surrealist. The surrealists themselves welcomed him when he settled in Paris...

Manifestos

Georges Sebbag

A writer with a doctorate in philosophy, Georges Sebbag participated in the activities of the surrealist group in Paris from 1964 to 1969. He has written texts on time and many books about surrealism. His most recent are Potence avec paratonnerre, Surréalisme et philosophie (2012) and Foucault Deleuze, Nouvelles Impressions du Surréalisme (2015). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...In the Manifesto of Surrealism, Breton raised the imagination to the rank of a supreme faculty, a boundless imagination, the very expression of freedom. He thus took the opposite view to Descartes whose philosophy is founded in a finished...

La Brèche: Action Surréaliste

The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism Volume 1 : Movements

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...La Brèche ran for eight issues between October 1961 and November 1965, and is notable for being the last surrealist periodical edited by André Breton. The editorial board consisted of Robert Benayoun, Gérard Legrand, José Pierre, Jean...