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      Gavin Parkinson

Enchanted Ground

André Breton, Modernism and the Surrealist Appraisal of Fin-de-Siècle Painting

Enchanted Ground is about the challenge to modernist criticism by Surrealist writers—mainly André Breton but also Louis Aragon, Pierre Mabille, René Magritte, Charles Estienne, René Huyghe and others—who viewed the same artists in terms of magic, occultism, precognition, alchemy and esotericism generally. Les mer
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Enchanted Ground is about the challenge to modernist criticism by Surrealist writers—mainly André Breton but also Louis Aragon, Pierre Mabille, René Magritte, Charles Estienne, René Huyghe and others—who viewed the same artists in terms of magic, occultism, precognition, alchemy and esotericism generally. It introduces the history of the ways in which those artists who came after Impressionism—Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh—became canonical in the 20th century through the broad approaches we now call modernist or formalist (by critics and curators such as Alfred H. Barr, Roger Fry, Robert Goldwater, Clement Greenberg, John Rewald and Robert L. Herbert), and then unpacks chapter-by-chapter, for the first time in a single volume, the Surrealist positions on the same artists. To this end, it contributes to new strains of scholarship on Surrealism that exceed the usual bounds of the 1920s and 1930s and that examine the fascination within the movement with magic.
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Forlag: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Innbinding: Paperback
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 376
ISBN: 9781501375644
Format: 23 x 15 cm
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«Parkinson’s extensive knowledge of the field allows him to navigate with ease between continents, following the various developments and reception of modern art in the twentieth century. His ability to modify the length of his focus from detailed textual analysis to wider comparative geographical and art historical contexts makes this book one of the most astute on the movement to date.»

French History

«Enchanted Ground [...] is a work that further confirms Parkinson's reputation as one of the most original of today's writers on Surrealism.»

The Burlington Magazine

«Gavin Parkinson had the novel idea to reconsider the canonical figures of late nineteenth century French painting as they appear within the discourse of Surrealism: Cézanne or Gauguin through Breton or Dalí. His gambit pays off brilliantly. He ferrets out a shadow history of French modernism, tracking long-lost interpretive metaphors that shift from positive to negative and back again. The surrealist alternative to traditional criticism generates an unfamiliar constellation of cultural significance. From out of its obscurity, Parkinson reveals the “mythic, poetic or magic resonance” of the practice otherwise known as modernism.»

Richard Shiff, Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art and Director of Center for the Study of Moderni

«Gauguin, Cézanne, Seurat—those canonical modernists we thought we knew—are reinvested with myth, magic and poetry in this lively and polemical account of their 'Surrealisation' in the mid-20th century. Parkinson pulls no punches in voting for the Surrealists as the most perceptive interpreters of this alternative cast of 19th-century precursors.»

Linda Goddard, Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Studies, University of St. Andrews, UK

«Gavin Parkinson’s text is a timely reminder that there are other ways of seeing the founding fathers of modernist painting than through the lens of Greenberg’s formalism. He explores the posthumous critical fortunes of Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Seurat in the writings of the doyen of Surrealism, André Breton. Part intricate historiography, gathering together writings that have hitherto been overlooked because dispersed and difficult of access, Enchanted Ground brings us familiar art from an unfamiliar, indeed magical, Surrealist perspective. This is an arresting, ambitious and important book.»

Belinda Thomson, Honorary Professor of Art History, University of Edinburgh, UK

«Enchanted Ground highlights Parkinson’s skill in asking unexpected questions of modern art, matched with astute answers; and in taking Surrealism seriously, as a source of vivid and relevant ideas rather than just an art movement. This book’s great strength lies in shining a searchlight at its material, not simply to look at Surrealism, but look with it and through it, alert to the refractions that illuminate adjacent histories in fresh ways. Enchanted Ground is on high alert to details, anomalies and the overlooked, using them to unpick received wisdom about Surrealism, modernism and art history itself.»

Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Professor of Visual Culture, Norwich University of the Arts, UK
Introduction: Art After Impressionism After Surrealism
1. Greengrocer, Bricklayer or Seer? Psychoanalyzing Paul Cézanne
2. Painting as Propaganda and Prophecy: René Magritte and Pierre-Auguste Renoir
3. Method and Poetry: Georges Seurat’s Surrealist Dialectic
4. Between Dog and Wolf: Georges Seurat, Brassaï and the City of Light
5. Civilization, Realism, Abstraction: Paul Gauguin and Surrealism, 1948-53
6. Dialectic of Brittany: From Myth to Folklore in Paul Gauguin and Surrealism
Epilogue: Disenchanted Ground, or Vincent van Gogh, Antonin Artaud and Magic in 1947
Conclusion: On André Breton
Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Index
Gavin Parkinson is Senior Lecturer in European Modernism at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK. He is the author of Futures of Surrealism: Myth, Science Fiction and Fantastic Art in France 1936-1969 (2015), Surrealism, Art and Modern Science: Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Epistemology (2008), The Duchamp Book (2008) and Enchanted Ground: André Breton, Modernism and the Surrealist Appraisal of Fin-de-Siècle Painting (2018), as well as the editor of Surrealism, Science Fiction and Comics (2015).