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4.0 out of 5 stars Surrealism for Dummies!
.... and clever types too in fairness!

As a basic intro to the movement this book is ideal. Whilst it does have all the heavyweights, there are a number of lesser known artists included and this is very helpful in expanding your knowledge beyond the obvious choices such as Dali and Magritte etc.

The paper quality is good meaning that the picture...
Published on 3 Sept. 2009 by A. Jackson

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3.0 out of 5 stars not a striking book
the format of the book is quite nice but the content is not striking... i believe surrealism may be presented in a much more exciting way.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surrealism for Dummies!, 3 Sept. 2009
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.... and clever types too in fairness!

As a basic intro to the movement this book is ideal. Whilst it does have all the heavyweights, there are a number of lesser known artists included and this is very helpful in expanding your knowledge beyond the obvious choices such as Dali and Magritte etc.

The paper quality is good meaning that the picture reproduction is bright and accurate, but the small page size does somewhat hamper the ability to get a better 'experience' of the works. That said, the handy size means you are more likely to read it as you don't get a hernia picking it up!

Excellent value for money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 'introduction to' style book, 26 Mar. 2012
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Taschen - Value, great print quality and sound writing; that's what I've come to expect from them and they deliver it again here.

This little book at 95 pages can never claim to be a hugely in-depth look at the movement but what it does it does well. There is a nice overview essay at the start outlining the movement before the book moves on to look at individual and important artists and their works. The size is handy - roughly 7 1/2 x 9 inches and Taschen's designers have made great use of the space as always. Most right hand pages are given over to a full page (or as close as is possible) bordered print. Obviously the book isn't huge so neither are the prints but the print quality is excellent leading to an good level of engagement with the work, given the size.

As is usual, the text is informative without being overly dense. Works are discussed with insight and the text is engaging; if anything I do find myself wanting more but I can't fault the book for that as it is true to its purpose.

5 stars is easily justified because the quality of the book is top rate in terms of printing and paper quality and content wise is a great primer with decent writing to go with it. It's from the 'basic art series' and so must be expected to be a little thinner than other books on the subject. The real clincher is the price. This will reside on my bookshelf shelf and be of use for a long time. There aren't many things costing just over 5 quid you can say that about these days!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Jun. 2015
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Good Book about Surrealism which is very helpful and also nice page design.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not a striking book, 8 Jun. 2013
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the format of the book is quite nice but the content is not striking... i believe surrealism may be presented in a much more exciting way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Nov. 2014
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great
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, 11 April 2009
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this is a verry good book, I've bought it becouse I need it for a project and it is cheap also.
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