Constellations of Miro, Breton

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872863729
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Surfacing in Another Place 1
In the Placelessness Where Interior and Exterior Merge 63
A Dissolved Other World 77
The Wish-Landscape of This Everywhere 157
This Permeatedness with Home 181
"Constellations of Joan Miro" 187
Constellations 195
Notes 243
Bibliography 249
Acknowledgments 256
About the Author 257
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