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Surrealism and the Spanish Civil War

by Robin Adele Greeley

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Leaving aside the chapter on Picasso's Guernica (because honestly it's one of the most amazing paintings ever done, but how much more can really be added to the vast literature on it?), this is quite a nice survey. It mixes good information on artists that are underrepresented in art history like José Caballero with interesting information on Dalí, Miró and Masson. As can be expected from a Yale monograph, both the black & white and the color reproductions are excellent. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0300112955, Hardcover)

How might artistic practice offer unique insight into the cataclysmic debacle of war? Surrealism and the Spanish Civil War plumbs this provocative question through an ambitious account of a pivotal period in European cultural history. The book focuses on the relation between artistic endeavor and politics during a period of social crisis. By scrutinizing the widely varying responses to the Spanish Civil War in the work of Miró, Dalí, Caballero, Masson, and Picasso, the author investigates Surrealism’s efforts to bridge the divide between political thought and political act.
Robin Adèle Greeley examines such central works as Miró’s Still Life with Old Shoe and Dalí’s Autumn Cannibalism in the context of contemporary works and historical events. She also examines such topics as Surrealism’s flirtations with fascism, the movement’s relations with the Communist Party and the Popular Front, and the distinct development of Spanish versus French Surrealism. She concludes with an in-depth discussion of Picasso’s Guernica.

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"How might artistic practice offer unique insight into the cataclysmic debacle of war? Surrealism and the Spanish Civil War plumbs this provocative question through an ambitious account of a pivotal period in European cultural history. A new approach to the subject of artists' responses to war, it articulates the relation between artistic endeavor and politics during periods of social crisis. By scrutinizing the widely varying responses to the Spanish Civil War in the work of Miro, Dali, Caballero, Masson, and Picasso, this book investigates Surrealism's efforts to bridge the divide between political thought and political act."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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