Jindrich Heisler: Surrealism Under Pressure, 1938-1953
Czech poet and photographer Jindřich Heisler (1914-1953) joined the Czech Surrealist Group in 1938, just as Nazi occupation of the country was driving the movement and Czech artists underground. Heisler published his first book of poetry a year later. In his brief and courageous career--Heisler died suddenly at the age of thirty-eight--he produced some of the most remarkable assemblage work of the Surrealist movement, including what is arguably the single-most important photobook produced in the 20th century, From the Strongholds of Sleep (1940-41).
This gorgeously illustrated volume--with eighty color images of Heisler's assemblage pieces--introduces English-speaking audiences to his work, translating many of his writings for the first time and offering in-depth analysis of his postwar years in Paris in the company of Andr Breton, Benjamin P ret, the illustrator Toyen, and other major figures of the Surrealist movement.
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