Victor Brauner: Surrealist Hieroglyphs


Born in 1903 in Romania, Victor Brauner was an active member of the first wave of Romanian avant-garde artists whose concerns anticipated those of Western European Surrealism by 20 years. As such, his paintings are distinguished by their wealth of occult notations and an eclectic use of diverse religious symbolism. Brauner’s work attests to a unique integration of his Eastern European roots into more flamboyant Western modernism. Despite his many years living in Paris, he retained his Romanian identity as evidenced in his choice of titles, his palette, and primarily his choice of imagery, reverting, over and over again, to his childhood memories and anxieties, to the Balkan landscape, and to the magic and spiritual symbols of his upbringing. This book demonstrates how Brauner’s work differs from that of his famous Surrealist counterparts, de Chirico, Ernst, and Tanguy for example, extending our idea of Surrealism itself through his use of poetry, both direct and analogical, his highly narrative depictions of personal and social relations, and his extraordinarily colourful palette.

Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers

Date Published: 2002

Book Condition: Very good hardcopy with minor bumping to board edges and minor surface wear. The previous owner’s name is on the half-title page. Otherwise, a very good copy internally.

ISBN: 3775710884

ISBN: 3775710884

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