The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington
During childhood, Joanna Moorhead heard about a wild cousin called Prin who had fled their suffocatingly respectable family. When Joanna travelled to Mexico to find her, it was the start of a life-changing friendship, for her relative was none other than Leonora Carrington, the last surviving Surrealist. This book tells how, over tea and tequila, Leonora recalled her extraordinary life, her relationship with Max Ernst, her incarceration in an asylum, and her friendships with Picasso, Dalí and Frida Kahlo.
The Sources of Surrealism
Art in Context
Part of the Art in Context series, this comprehensive sourcebook collects 234 texts (with supporting apparatus) from across the whole range of Surrealist writing and art criticism, from precursors such as Rimbaud and Jarry, through the key writings of Dadaists and Surrealists including Francis Picabia, André Breton, Antonin Artaud and Louis Aragon, to the post-war years 1945–67, with extracts from de Chirico and Duchamp.
Masterpieces of Art
Michael Kerrigan’s concise, illustrated biography introduces the life of Paul Nash (1889–1946) and traces his artistic development through the earlier artists who inspired him and the landscapes and experiences that informed his art, particularly the devastation of the Western Front, which he witnessed as both soldier and war artist during the First World War. The essay accompanies around 90 full-page reproductions of Nash’s paintings, lithographs and engravings, in sections on war, landscape and abstracts and still life.
The Surreal Body
Fetish and Fashion
Manipulated, fetishized and strangely transmogrified, the representation of the female body was a common thread in the work of the early Surrealists such as Salvador Dali and Man Ray, and swiftly spilled over into the world of fashion. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the V&A, this stylish and lavishly illustrated book shows how Surrealist ideas gained general currency, whether in the collections of Elsa Schiaparelli and Meret Oppenheim, or in advertising, film, photography and ballet.
Based on a book originally written at the request of Joan Miro in 1957, and now revised, with new chapters on the years 1960–1983 and on Miro's sculpture, ceramics, graphic arts and poetry, Dupin's study traces the course of the artist's life and artistic career in great detail and with over 450 illustrations. The book concludes with a chronology, a bibliography and a list of exhibitions. Translated by James Petterson.
Newly Discovered Works
The Belgian artist René Magritte (1898–1967) was a leading figure in the Surrealist movement. His extensive work has been collected in a catalogue raisonné, the fifth volume of which was published in 1997. The culmination of years of research, this belated sixth volume handsomely reproduces 130 previously unpublished or unknown works, presented chronologically in three sections according to their medium (oil painting, gouache or drawing), with detailed captions that include a note of how each piece was discovered.