Constellations of Miro, Breton
Constellations of Miro, Breton

During the early days of the Second World War, the Catalan painter Joan Miro created a startling series of twenty-three gouaches, his Constellations, works redolent with the nightmare of contemporary events. In 1958, the French poet Andre 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—Miro's paintings, and to resume a peripatetic dialogue about exile. In Constellations of Miro, 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 Miro's Constellations and a translation of Andre Breton's "proses paralleles." Also included is Andre Breton's essay, "Constellations of Joan Miro," as well as documentary illustrations and photographs.

Title Constellations of Miro, Breton
Author Paul Hammond
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading ART000000 ART
Title First Published 01 June 2000
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 260 p.
ISBN-10 0872863727
ISBN-13 9780872863729
Publication Date 01 June 2000
Main content page count 260
Dimensions 6 x 8 in.
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $18.95

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