Surrealism in Belgium
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Foreword by Frank Verpoorten. Text by Xavier Canonne.
From the start, the Belgian Surrealists--among them René Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Paul Nougé, E.L.T. Mesens and Marcel Mariën--distinguished themselves from their Parisian counterparts with their dry wit, brilliant conceptualism and knack for combining the fantastical and the everyday (e.g., Magritte's bowler-hatted men, or Marcel Mariën's iconic single-lensed spectacle), and their disinclination to issue Breton-style manifestos.
This revelatory volume celebrates the Surrealist movement in Belgium through a group of more than 250 paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and books by artists such as Rachel Baes, Paul Delvaux, Camille Goemans, Jane Graverol, Tom Gutt, Jacques Lacomblez, René Magritte, Marcel Mariën, Jacques Matton, Edouard (E.L.T.) Mesens, Paul Nougé, Gilbert Senecaut, Louis Scutenaire, Max Servais, Armand Simon, André Stas Raoul Ubac, Louis Van de Spiegele, Rogier Van de Wouwer and Robert Willems.
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Rain Taxi Review of Books
A big, beautifully produced, informative attempt to make better known a peripheral and unfamiliar but worthy body of work.