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Realism, Rationalism, Surrealism : Art Between the Wars

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9780300055191

ISBN10:
0300055196
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Trade Paper
Pub. Date:
6/23/1993
Publisher(s):
Yale University Press
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Summary

This is the third in a series of four books about art and its interpretation from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth. The books seek to explain the most important issues confronting any study of modern art, without attempting exhaustive coverage. They present a range of approaches characteristic of current art-historical debates. The authors of the present book address debates in, and about, the avant-garde in the years between the two world wars. The first chapter, '"This liberty and this order": art in France after the First World War', considers responses by artists, primarily in France, to the First World War. The emergence of a 'School of Paris', and the competing avant-gardes of Purism, Dada and early Surrealism, is related to the wider social conditions existing in the wake of both devastation and victory. However, there is also a concern to indicate ways in which art can achieve independence from its framing conditions. Chapter 2, 'The language of construction', looks at the emergence of a concept of construction art. The focus is the post-revolutionary Soviet Union, though work in France and Weimar Germany is also considered. There is an examination of why construction proved so powerful a metaphor for artists at this time, and this leads to a consideration of ideas of utility and decoration in art and design. Chapter 3, 'Surrealism, myth and psychoanalysis', considers aspects of Surrealism, with an emphasis on questions of sexual difference. It looks at Surrealism's use of the legacy of Freud, and studies a wide range of textual and photographic sources in addition to paintings. In particular, there is a review of Surrealist magazines and the contributionof Georges Bataille. The final chapter, 'Realisms and realities', addresses the widespread debate over the question of Realism in art. For many, Realism represented an alternative to what was seen as the isolation or even elitism of the avant-garde, a viewpoint that gained support from the adoption of Socialist Realism as the official art form of the Soviet Union. However, other voices insisted that the avant-garde had a role to play in the development of a modern realism adequate to the conditions of the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

PREFACE 1(1)
CHAPTER 1 `THIS LIBERTY AND THIS ORDER': ART IN FRANCE AFTER THE FIRST WORLD WAR
2(85)
David Batchelor
Introduction
3(6)
Naturalism, Classicism, the School of Paris
9(9)
Groups, magazines, programmes
18(1)
Purism and L'Esprit Nouveau
19(11)
Dada
30(17)
From Litterature to La Revolution Surrealiste
47(14)
Common ground
61(16)
Contested space
77(8)
References
85(2)
CHAPTER 2 THE LANGUAGE OF CONSTRUCTION
87(83)
Briony Fer
Introduction
87(9)
Russian Constructivism
96(19)
The language of construction and the construction of language
115(12)
Disembodied form: construction and the gendered self
127(12)
Standards of efficiency
139(10)
Luxury, utility and the decorative
149(13)
Rationalization and ritual
162(5)
Conclusion
167(1)
References
167(3)
CHAPTER 3 SURREALISM, MYTH AND PSYCHOANALYSIS
170(80)
Briony Fer
Introduction: Surrealism and difference
171(12)
Breton's Nadja
183(6)
The `uncanny'
189(15)
Breton and Bataille
204(5)
The role of psychic disorder in the Surrealist aesthetic
209(12)
Objects of desire
221(10)
Muse/artist
231(14)
Beginnings, again
245(2)
References
247(3)
CHAPTER 4 REALISMS AND REALITIES
250(84)
Paul Wood
Realism in the 1930s
251(13)
Soviet Russia
264(19)
Weimar Germany
283(28)
Towards Socialist Realism
311(15)
Counter-conclusion
326(6)
References
332(2)
INDEX 334


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