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Lives of the Surrealists

Desmond Morris


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ISBN: 9780500021361
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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
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ISBN: 9780500021361
ANNOTATION:
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

Annotation

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

Publisher Description

No other art movement in history has contained two artists as different as Magritte and Miro. This is because Surrealism was not in origin an art movement, but a philosophical strategy. It was a way of life - a rebellion against the establishment that had given the world the hideous slaughter of the First World War. Instead of trying to analyse the work of the Surrealists, bestselling author and Surrealist artist Desmond Morris concentrates on them as people - as remarkable individuals. What were their personalities, their predilections, their character strengths and flaws? Did they enjoy a social life or were they loners? Were they bold eccentrics or timid recluses?

Drawing on the author's personal knowledge of the Surrealists, this book captures their life histories, idiosyncrasies and often-complex love lives, vividly illustrated with images of the artists and their works. The arts of Surrealism were both spectacular and international, shaped by the darkest, most irrational workings of the unconscious. Shocking, witty and always entertaining, Morris' tales illuminate the striking variation in approaches to the Surrealist philosophy, both in the artist's work and in their lives.

Author Biography

Desmond Morris is one of the last surviving Surrealists. His first solo exhibition was held in 1948 and in 1950 he shared his first London show with Joan Miro. He has since completed over 2,500 Surrealist paintings, and eight books have been published about his work. He has also written several books, one of which - The Naked Ape - ranks among the top 100 bestsellers of all time, with over 12 million copies sold.

Table of Contents

Foreword Introduction Eileen Agar Jean (Hans) Arp Francis Bacon Hans Bellmer Victor Brauner Andre Breton Alexander Calder Leonora Carrington Giorgio de Chirico Salvador Dali Paul Delvaux Marcel Duchamp Max Ernst Leonor Fini Wilhelm Freddie Alberto Giacometti Arshile Gorky Wifredo Lam Conroy Maddox Rene Magritte Andre Masson Roberto Matta Edouard Mesens Joan Miro Meret Oppenheim Wolfgang Paalen Roland Penrose Pablo Picasso Man Ray Yves Tanguy Dorothea Tanning * Major Surrealist Group Exhibitions

Review

'Vastly entertaining' - The Oldie 'Vastly entertaining ... Morris has all the scrupulousness of a scientist but he also has the eye of a novelist' - Financial Times 'Uproariously funny ... [Morris's] anecdotes are all told with a dry but good-natured humour ... these figures make for highly entertaining company' - Spectator 'If you have a taste for zany characters, outlandish conduct and the partner-swapping of post-WW1 mavericks who stuck their fingers up at the establishment, then you will not experience a second's boredom ... this book is a carnival of wackiness' - Big Issue 'Informative and intriguing' - The Lady 'Gossipy, waspish, biased, score-settling and very entertaining' - Literary Review 'An exceptionally lively, crisply written, independent-minded survey of one of the most bizarre groups of misfits who ever lived' - Mail on Sunday 'Fascinating' - Mature Times 'Concise, factual, witty and entertaining' - Art Book Review 'Morris's eye for detail is a delight. He writes with a pleasingly conversational tone and a dry humour and affection that undercuts the more preposterous behaviour described here ... Juicy little nuggets litter the book' - The Times

Product Details

Author
Desmond Morris
ISBN-10
0500021368
ISBN-13
9780500021361
Format
Hardcover
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Publisher
Thames & Hudson Ltd
Pages
272
Media
Book
Year
2018
Publication Date
2018-04-01
Illustrations
with 72 illustrations