Surrealism & The Spanish Civil War by Robin Adèle Greeley


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Yale University Press, 2006. First edition. 240 pages. Illustrated throughout. Light shelf wear, some markings to jacket, very good overall. 

'How might artistic practice offer unique insight into the cataclysmic debacle of war? Surrealism and the Spanish Civil War plumbs this provocative question through an ambitious account of a pivotal period in European cultural history. The book focuses on the relation between artistic endeavour and politics during a period of social crisis. By scrutinising the widely varying responses to the Spanish Civil War in the work of Miró, Dalí, Caballero, Masson, and Picasso, Greely investigates Surrealism's efforts to bridge the divide between political thought and political act.
She examines such central works as Miró's Still Life with Old Shoe and Dalí's Autumn Cannibalism in the context of contemporary works and historical events. She also explores Surrealism's flirtations with fascism, the movement's relations with the Communist Party and the Popular Front, and the distinct development of Spanish versus French Surrealism. The book concludes with an in-depth discussion of Picasso's Guernica.'