I’m reading In Montparnasse – ‘The Emergence of Surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dali’ – by Sue Roe.  It has been read on BBC Radio 4 as book of the week, somehow appropriate given how frustratingly short of illustrations it is. ‘The lure of the decadent, the uncensored expression of chaotic, disruptive, erotic drives and the power of the unconscious to direct the artist’s work (a subtler encounter for the artist than simply making paintings of dreams) – all these things together added up to what the artists in this book understood by surrealism.’ (p.4)

Photo: Bath, September 2011

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