His family were German-speaking middle-class Ashkenazi Jews. His father, Hermann Kafka —was the fourth child of Jakob Kafka,   a shochet or ritual slaughterer in Oseka Czech village with a large Jewish population located near Strakonice in southern Bohemia.
Antonin Artaud, an early Surrealist, rejected the majority of Western theatre as a perversion of its original intent, which he felt should be a mystical, metaphysical experience. He thought that rational discourse comprised "falsehood and illusion".
Theorising a new theatrical form that would be immediate and direct, that would link the unconscious minds of performers and spectators in a sort of ritual event, Artaud created the Theatre of Crueltyin which emotions, feelings, and the metaphysical were expressed not through language but physically, creating a mythological, archetypal, allegorical vision, closely related to the world of dreams.
Surrealist music In the s several composers were influenced by Surrealism, or by individuals in the Surrealist movement.
Even though Breton by responded rather negatively to the subject of music with his essay Silence is Golden, later Surrealists, such as Paul Garonhave been interested in—and found parallels to—Surrealism in the improvisation of jazz and the blues.
Jazz and blues musicians have occasionally reciprocated this interest. Surrealism and international politics[ edit ] Surrealism as a political force developed unevenly around the world: Breton and his comrades supported Leon Trotsky and his International Left Opposition for a while, though there was an openness to anarchism that manifested more fully after World War II.
However, Breton's group refused to prioritize the proletarian struggle over radical creation such that their struggles with the Party made the late s a turbulent time for both. Many individuals closely associated with Breton, notably Louis Aragonleft his group to work more closely with the Communists.
While this was initially a somewhat vague formulation, by the s many Surrealists had strongly identified themselves with communism. The foremost document of this tendency within Surrealism is the Manifesto for a Free Revolutionary Art,  published under the names of Breton and Diego Riverabut actually co-authored by Breton and Leon Trotsky.
In an open letter to writer and French ambassador to Japan, Paul Claudelthe Paris group announced: Thus we placed our energies at the disposal of the revolution, of the proletariat and its struggles, and defined our attitude towards the colonial problem, and hence towards the colour question.
This linked with other Surrealists and was very important for the subsequent development of Surrealism as a revolutionary praxis. Breton declared Kahlo to be an "innate" Surrealist painter.
Excluded members launched a counterattack, sharply criticizing Breton in the pamphlet Un Cadavrewhich featured a picture of Breton wearing a crown of thorns. The pamphlet drew upon an earlier act of subversion by likening Breton to Anatole Francewhose unquestioned value Breton had challenged in Disgruntled surrealists moved to the periodical Documentsedited by Georges Bataillewhose anti-idealist materialism formed a hybrid Surrealism intending to expose the base instincts of humans.
There were a number of reconciliations after this period of disunion, such as between Breton and Bataille, while Aragon left the group after committing himself to the French Communist Party in More members were ousted over the years for a variety of infractions, both political and personal, while others left in pursuit of their own style.
In Breton wrote "It was in the black mirror of anarchism that surrealism first recognised itself. He was one of the few intellectuals who continued to offer his support to the FCL during the Algerian war when the FCL suffered severe repression and was forced underground.
He sheltered Fontenis whilst he was in hiding. A Surrealist group developed in London and, according to Breton, their London International Surrealist Exhibition was a high-water mark of the period and became the model for international exhibitions. Another English Surrealist group developed in Birminghammeanwhile, and was distinguished by its opposition to the London surrealists and preferences for surrealism's French heartland.
The two groups would reconcile later in the decade. Surrealism as a visual movement had found a method: Magritte's Voice of Space La Voix des airs  is an example of this process, where three large spheres representing bells hang above a landscape.
Another Surrealist landscape from this same year is Yves Tanguy 's Promontory Palace Palais promontoirewith its molten forms and liquid shapes. The characteristics of this style—a combination of the depictive, the abstract, and the psychological—came to stand for the alienation which many people felt in the modern period, combined with the sense of reaching more deeply into the psyche, to be "made whole with one's individuality".
Paalen contributed Fumage and Onslow Ford Coulage as new pictorial automatic techniques. This program reached beyond painting, to encompass photography as well, as can be seen from a Man Ray self-portrait, whose use of assemblage influenced Robert Rauschenberg 's collage boxes.
The Surrealists wanted to create an exhibition which in itself would be a creative act and called on Marcel DuchampWolfgang PaalenMan Ray and others to do so.
Surrealist Street filled one side of the lobby with mannequins dressed by various Surrealists. Paalen and Duchamp designed the main hall to seem like subterranean cave with 1, coal bags suspended from the ceiling over a coal brazier with a single light bulb which provided the only lighting, as well as the floor covered with humid leaves and mud.
On the floor Wolfgang Paalen created a small lake with grasses and the aroma of roasting coffee filled the air.
Much to the Surrealists' satisfaction the exhibition scandalized the viewers. Many important artists fled to North America and relative safety in the United States.
The art community in New York City in particular was already grappling with Surrealist ideas and several artists like Arshile GorkyJackson Pollockand Robert Motherwell converged closely with the surrealist artists themselves, albeit with some suspicion and reservations.
Ideas concerning the unconscious and dream imagery were quickly embraced. However, it should not be easily forgotten that Abstract Expressionism itself grew directly out of the meeting of American particularly New York artists with European Surrealists self-exiled during World War II.
In particular, Gorky and Paalen influenced the development of this American art form, which, as Surrealism did, celebrated the instantaneous human act as the well-spring of creativity.
The early work of many Abstract Expressionists reveals a tight bond between the more superficial aspects of both movements, and the emergence at a later date of aspects of Dadaistic humor in such artists as Rauschenberg sheds an even starker light upon the connection.
Up until the emergence of Pop ArtSurrealism can be seen to have been the single most important influence on the sudden growth in American arts, and even in Pop, some of the humor manifested in Surrealism can be found, often turned to a cultural criticism.Born in Prague in , Franz Kafka is today considered the most important prose writer of the so-called Prague Circle, a loosely knit group of German-Jewish writers who contributed to the culturally fertile soil of Prague during the s until after World War I.
In various intances, he was referred to as "it" or "monster" (Kafka ); Gregor had his identity as a human stripped away from him without his consent by his own family.
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