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The Esoteric Secrets of Surrealism free pdf 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 "psychic" and magical powers Provides many examples of esoteric influence in surrealism, such as how Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon 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 "psychic" and magical powers. They used creative expression as the vehicle to attain what Andre Breton called the 'supreme point' - 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 Picasso's famous Demoiselles d'Avignon was originally titled The Bath of the Philosophers, how painter Victor Brauner drew from his father's 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 "it is possible to feel a new system connecting man with the universe. 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.

About Patrick Lepetit

Patrick Lepetit has written several books in French on esoteric traditions and surrealism. He is a member of the Grand Orient de France and of the Melusine Network of scholars interested in surrealism. He lives in Mons en Baroeul, France.

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Author : Patrick Lepetit
Publisher : Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Data Published : 22 May 2014
ISBN : 1620551756
EAN : 9781620551752
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 512 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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