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Maruja Mallo and the Spanish Avant-Garde

1st Edition

By Shirley Mangini


272 pages

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Hardback: 9780754669326
pub: 2010-06-16
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The first book in English on Maruja Mallo, this volume is an insightful examination of the life and work of this seminal artist of the Spanish avant-garde. Previously sidelined by a culture that treated women as "insider-outsiders" and by her own mythmaking, Mallo no longer can be viewed as simply a muse to famous counterparts such as Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca; her role has been re-contextualized to demonstrate that she was a driving force in the flowering of Spanish culture through the 1920s and 1930s. The analysis of Mallo's unique life and extraordinary art is set against the complicated social and political backdrop of interwar Madrid. This book highlights the struggle of Mallo and other women artists against the rampant misogyny of both Spanish culture and the avant-garde community of the time. The effects of the Spanish Civil War are also analyzed-in Mallo's case, Franco's victory forced her into exile in South America for almost 30 years, with profound effects on her art and her life. Added to this rich context, the author's numerous interviews with members of the Mallo family provide essential new background material. Maruja Mallo and the Spanish Avant-Garde recasts this artist as a vital figure in the heretofore all-male establishment of the Spanish artistic vanguard.


Prize: Selected for an Honorable mention in the Eleanor Tufts Award 2012

'This book is a major contribution to studies of the highly regarded twentieth-century Spanish painter, Maruja Mallo, and more broadly to our knowledge of the Spanish avant-garde, that extraordinary flowering of Spanish culture in the 1920s and 1930s. Shirley Mangini has masterfully woven together the historical context, the artist’s personal biography, and analyses of the various phases of her painting into a gripping narrative. Hers is an authoritative and detailed account of this astonishing woman, who forged an artistic career in an era in Spain that was particularly hostile to women artists and writers.' Roberta Johnson, University of Kansas and UCLA, USA, author of Gender and Nation in the Spanish Modernist Novel

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Mallo's early years; Mallo's rise to fame; Surrealism in Madrid; The 1930s: from surrealism to humanism; Mallo's exile in Argentina; Mallo's return to Spain; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Shirley Mangini is Professor Emerita of Spanish at California State University, Long Beach. She has also taught at Yale, Stanford and the University of New Mexico. Her books include Memories of Resistance: Women's Voices from the Spanish Civil War (1995) and Las modernas de Madrid (2001).

About the Series

Studies in Surrealism

Studies in Surrealism
With scholarly interest in Surrealism greater than ever, the Studies in Surrealism series serves as a forum for key areas of Surrealist inquiry today. This series extends the ongoing academic and popular interest in Surrealism, evident in recent studies that have rethought established areas of Surrealist activity and engagement, including those of politics, the object, photography, crime, and modern physics. Expanding and adding various lines of inquiry, books in the series examine Surrealism's intersections with philosophical, social, artistic, and literary themes. Potential subjects to be examined in the context of Surrealism include but are not limited to: nature; queer studies; humor and play; science; theory in the 1950s and 1960s; the New Novel; Surrealist activities beyond Paris. Proposals are welcomed for both monographs and essay collections dealing with the above subjects or with discussions of Surrealism in other aspects and genres. Monographic writings on artists and writers who have been generally overlooked by English-language scholarship (for instance, Victor Brauner, Toyen, Jorge Camacho) would also fall within the scope of this series.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
ART / History / General