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During the early days of the Second World War, the Catalán painter Joan Miró created a startling series of twenty-three gouaches, his Constellations, works redolent with the nightmare of contemporary events. In 1958 the French poet André Breton composed his own "Constellations," a set of hermetic prose poems meant to "illustrate"-that is, not simply to shed light on, but to lend luster to-Miró's paintings, and to resume a peripatetic dialogue about exile. In "Constellations of Miró, Breton" Paul Hammond unravels some of the mysteries of the call-and-response of these two Surrealists by reading the pictures against the poetry, the poetry against the pictures, and both against the madness of a history that none of us has left that far behind.

Featured in this edition are reproductions of the complete series of Joan Miró's Constellations and a translation of André Breton's "proses parallèles." Also included is André Breton's essay, "Constellations of Joan Miró," as well as documentary illustrations and photographs.

About the Author

Paul Hammond is the author of Marvellous Méliès, "French Undressing, Upon the Pun: Dual Meaning in Words and Pictures (with Patrick Hughes), and a monograph on Luis Buñuel's L'Âge d'or. He is the editor and translator of The Shadow and Its Shadow:Surrealist Writings on the Cinema (a new edition published by City Lights Books in Fall 2000), and the coeditor, with Ian Breakwell, of Seeing in the Dark: A Compendium of Cinemagoing and Brought to Book: The Balance of Books and Life. His translations include Whatever by Michel Houellebecq and The Virgin of the Hitmen by Fernando Vallejo.

Book News Annotation:

At the back of Hammond's critical study are the pieces that inspired it: Andr<'e> Breton's poems (translated by Hammond) printed alongside Joan Mir<'o>'s series of constellations (1940-41), one poem per painting, 22 gouaches in all. Hammond unravels some of the mysteries in Mir<'o>'s call and Breton's response by reading poem against painting, and both against the history behind them—WWII and the victory of Franco over the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. No index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Cultural Writing. Art. Poetry. In CONSTELLATIONS OF MIRO, BRETON, Paul Hammond unravels some of the mysteries of the call and response of these two Surrealists by reading the pictures against the poetry, the poetry against the pictures, and both against the madness of a history that none of us has left that far behind. Featured in this edition are reproductions of the complete series of Joan Miro's CONSTELLATIONS and a translation of Andre Breton's PROSES PARALLELES. Also included is Andre Breton's essay, Constellations of Joan Miro, as well as documentary illustrations and photographs.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-255).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780872863729
Other:
Breton, Andre
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Author:
Hammond, Paul
Location:
San Francisco :
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
European
Subject:
History - European
Subject:
Surrealism
Subject:
Breton, Andre
Subject:
Criticism - General
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Breton, Andre - Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Subject:
General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 5
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
260
Dimensions:
7.95x5.99x.70 in. .84 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Cultural Writing. Art. Poetry. In CONSTELLATIONS OF MIRO, BRETON, Paul Hammond unravels some of the mysteries of the call and response of these two Surrealists by reading the pictures against the poetry, the poetry against the pictures, and both against the madness of a history that none of us has left that far behind. Featured in this edition are reproductions of the complete series of Joan Miro's CONSTELLATIONS and a translation of Andre Breton's PROSES PARALLELES. Also included is Andre Breton's essay, Constellations of Joan Miro, as well as documentary illustrations and photographs.
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