Surrealism and Painting

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André Breton
Translated by Simon Watson Taylor
New introduction by Mark Polizzotti

This is the single most important statement ever written on Surrealist art, and the only book on the subject written by the movement’s founder. It contains Breton’s treatise on the origins of artistic Surrealism, with his trenchant assessments of its precursors and practitioners; essays—many of them classics—on Picasso, Duchamp, Kahlo, Dalí, Ernst, Magritte, Kandinsky, and many others; and pieces on Gaulish art, outsider art, and Haitian folk art. But what makes this book especially compelling is Breton’s mixture of erudition and visceral passion, his sense of adventure, and his discovery of many prominent modern artists early in their careers. Long unavailable in English, Surrealism and Painting is one of the three or four indispensable references for any serious discussion of modern art.

"Probably the most significant work ever to appear on this subject … Breton’s observations and theories are at the source of a movement which made this period one of the most important in the history of 20th century art." - Sir Roland Penrose

448 pages
8 1/4" x 10 1/2", softcover
340 b/w illustrations