A profound understanding of the surrealistsa connections with alchemists and secret societies and the hermetic aspirations revealed in their works ac Explains how surrealist paintings and poems employed mythology, gnostic principles, tarot, voodoo, alchemy, and other hermetic sciences to seek out unexplored regions of the mind and recover lost apsychica and magical powers ac Provides many examples of esoteric influence in surrealism, such as how Picassoas Demoiselles daAvignon was originally titled The Bath of the Philosophers Not merely an artistic or literary movement as many believe, the surrealists rejected the labels of artist and author bestowed upon them by outsiders, accepting instead the titles of magician, alchemist, or--in the case of Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo--witch. Their paintings, poems, and other works were created to seek out unexplored regions of the mind and recover lost apsychica and magical powers. They used creative expression as the vehicle to attain what AndrAc Breton called the asupreme point, a the point at which all opposites cease to be perceived as contradictions. This supreme point is found at the heart of all esoteric doctrines, including the Great Work of alchemy, and enables communication with higher states of being. Drawing on an extensive range of writings by the surrealists and those in their circle of influence, Patrick Lepetit shows how the surrealists employed mythology, gnostic principles, tarot, voodoo, and alchemy not simply as reference points but as significant elements of their ongoing investigations into the fundamental nature of consciousness. He provides many specific examples of esoteric influence among the surrealists, such as how Picassoas famous Demoiselles daAvignon was originally titled The Bath of the Philosophers, how painter Victor Brauner drew from his fatheras spiritualist vocation as well as the Kabbalah and tarot, and how doctor and surrealist author Pierre Mabille was a Freemason focused on finding initiatory paths where ait is possible to feel a new system connecting man with the universe.a Lepetit casts new light on the connection between key figures of the movement and the circle of adepts gathered around Fulcanelli. He also explores the relationship between surrealists and Freemasonry, Martinists, and the Elect Cohen as well as the Grail mythos and the Arthurian brotherhood.The secrets of the alchemical process are not transmissible. Never has any alchemy manual communicated anything but clues, a trail through myths, symbols, analogies in the language of the birds, or narrative structures deliberatelyanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Esoteric Secrets of Surrealism|
|Publisher||:||Inner Traditions / Bear & Co - 2014-04-24|