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Fulgur Press

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Hardcover, 9.5 x 12 in. / 350 pgs / 250 color / 50 bw.

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Forthcoming

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ISBN 9781399971188 TRADE
List Price: $95.00 CDN $140.00

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Magic Art

Edited by Robert Shehu-Ansell, Merlin Cox. Preface by Anne Egger. Text by Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Kristoffer Noheden. Translation by Michael Richardson, Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Dawn Ades.

Magic Art

Breton’s late treatise on magic and art appears for the first time in English, complete with citations, commentaries and a bibliography

What is “Magic Art”? In 1953, André Breton, founder of the Surrealist movement, was invited by a prestigious French publisher to explore answers to this question. His resulting analysis is wide-ranging and evocative. Beginning with a literary review of magic and art, Breton draws upon Novalis and Baudelaire before considering the prehistoric rock art of Spain and France, the native art of the Pacific Northwest, the magical grimoires and alchemical symbolism of the Middle Ages, and the work of Hieronymus Bosch, Antoine Caron, Paolo Uccello, Gustav Moreau, Paul Gauguin and the Surrealists. Through these and other diverse sources, Breton traces a mystery that lies at the heart of our timeless fascination with otherness and seeks to place Surrealism as a successor to a magical sensibility that began with art itself.
First published in 1957 as L’Art magique, this important text is offered here as an English translation for the first time. Working from manuscript notes for the original project, this edition presents the iconographic content as Breton intended, together with more than 300 new citations and a comprehensive bibliography that emphasizes sources found in Breton’s own library.
André Breton (1896–1966) was one of the founders and most controversial exponents of Surrealism, defining the movement in his first Surrealist Manifesto as “pure psychic automatism.” Fleeing from Europe during World War II, Breton traveled throughout North America staging Surrealist exhibitions and lending his voice to several political movements.


Magic Art

STATUS: Forthcoming | 11/12/2024

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Magic Art

MAGIC ART

Fulgur Press

ISBN: 9781399971188
USD $95.00
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Pub Date: 11/12/2024
Forthcoming