Monsters and Myths - Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s

Rizzoli Electa


Monsters and Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s / ISBN 9780847863136 / 256-page hardcover, about 9.75 x 11.5 inches, published by Rizzoli Electa

Features a nice fold-out of Ernst's Europe after the Rain II.


This revelatory survey of Surrealist masterworks of the 1930s and 1940s presents the movement through a new and timely lens--that of war, violence, and exile.

During the pivotal years between the world wars, Surrealist artists on both sides of the Atlantic responded through their works to the rise of Hitler and the spread of Fascism in Europe, resulting in a period of surprising brilliance and fertility. Monstrosities in the real world bred monsters in paintings and sculpture, on film, and in the pages of journals and artists' books.

Despite the political and personal turmoil brought on by the Spanish Civil War and World War II, avant-garde artists in Europe and those who sought refuge in the United States pushed themselves to create some of the most potent and striking images of the Surrealist movement. Trailblazing essays by four experts in the field trace the experimental and international extent of Surrealist art during these years--and, perhaps most unexpectedly of all, its irrepressible beauty.

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