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Roland PenroseThe Life of a Surrealist$
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James King

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414500

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414500.001.0001

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‘Let’s Do Something’ (1935–1936)

‘Let’s Do Something’ (1935–1936)

(p.94) Chapter Six ‘Let’s Do Something’ (1935–1936)
Roland Penrose

James King

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter details events in Roland Penrose's life from 1935 to 1936. In Paris, in June 1935, Roland and Paul Éluard chanced upon precocious, intense nineteen-year-old David Gascoyne, who had recently completed his Short Survey of Surrealism. Éluard introduced the two Englishmen, who ‘got talking’ about the fact that in London, little is known about the excitement going on in Paris [in contemporary art, especially surrealism]. They then decided to organise the International Surrealist Exhibition, which marked a decisive turn in Roland's life, in that he began to allow his role as an apostle of modernism to overshadow his career as an artist. For the remainder of his life, these two sides would struggle to co-exist.

Keywords:   Roland Penrose, biography, Hampstead, surrealism, Paul Éluard, David Gascoyne, International Surrealist Exhibition, modernism

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