The Esoteric Secrets of Surrealism: Origins, Magic, and by Patrick Lepetit,Bernard Roger

By Patrick Lepetit,Bernard Roger

A profound realizing of the surrealists’ connections with alchemists and mystery societies and the airtight aspirations published of their works

• Explains how surrealist work and poems hired mythology, gnostic ideas, tarot, voodoo, alchemy, and different airtight sciences to search out unexplored areas of the brain and get well misplaced “psychic” and magical powers

• offers many examples of esoteric effect in surrealism, reminiscent of how Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon was once initially titled The tub of the Philosophers

Not only an inventive or literary stream as many think, the surrealists rejected the labels of artist and writer bestowed upon them by way of outsiders, accepting as an alternative the titles of magician, alchemist, or--in the case of Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo--witch. Their work, poems, and different works have been created to search out unexplored areas of the brain and recuperate misplaced “psychic” and magical powers. They used inventive expression because the motor vehicle to realize what André Breton referred to as the “supreme point,” the purpose at which all opposites stop to be perceived as contradictions. This excellent aspect is located on the middle of all esoteric doctrines, together with the nice paintings of alchemy, and permits communique with better states of being.

Drawing on an in depth diversity of writings through the surrealists and people of their circle of impact, Patrick Lepetit exhibits how the surrealists hired mythology, gnostic rules, tarot, voodoo, and alchemy now not easily as reference issues yet as major parts in their ongoing investigations into the elemental nature of realization. He presents many particular examples of esoteric effect one of the surrealists, resembling how Picasso’s recognized Demoiselles d’Avignon was once initially titled The tub of the Philosophers, how painter Victor Brauner drew from his father’s spiritualist vocation in addition to the Kabbalah and tarot, and the way surgeon and surrealist writer Pierre Mabille was once a Freemason taken with discovering initiatory paths the place “it is feasible to consider a brand new procedure connecting guy with the universe.”

Lepetit casts new mild at the connection among key figures of the flow and the circle of adepts amassed round Fulcanelli. He additionally explores the connection among surrealists and Freemasonry, Martinists, and the select Cohen in addition to the Grail mythos and the Arthurian brotherhood.

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