The British Surrealists
Author(s): Desmond Morris
Year published: 17 March 2022
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 248
Illustrations: 107 colour illustrations
Fêted for their idiosyncratic and imaginative works, the surrealists marked a pivotal moment in the history of modern art in Britain. Many banded together to form the British Surrealist Group, while others carved their own, independent paths.
Here, bestselling author and surrealist artist Desmond Morris – one of the last surviving members of this important art movement – draws on his personal memories and experiences to present the intriguing life stories and complex love lives of this wild and curious set of artists. From the unpredictability of Francis Bacon to the rebelliousness of Leonora Carrington, from the beguiling Eileen Agar to the ‘brilliant’ Ceri Richards, Morris brings his subjects’ foibles and frailties to the fore.
His vivid account is laced with his inimitable wit, and profusely illustrated by images of the artists and their artworks. Featuring thirty-four surrealists – some famous, some forgotten – Morris’s intimate book takes us back in time to a generation that allowed its creative unconscious to drive their passions in both art and life.