Part I. Poetry in the Theory and Criticism of Modern Painting in France: 1. The tradition of poetry and lyricism in French art criticism; 2. Modern painting as poetic language; 3. The discovery of lyricism; 4. Andre Breton and modern art; Part II. Establishing a Surrealist Visual Art: 5. Defining Surrealism; 6. Defining Surrealist visual art; 7. Surrealism and painting I: the foundation of Surrealist art; 8. La Peinture Surrealiste: the presentation of Surrealist art and its reception; 9. Surrealism and painting II: materialism and morality; Part III. The Threat of Surrealist Art: 10. Initiating the challenge; 11. Surrealism and painting III: avoiding automatism; 12. Appropriating automatism; 13. Realism and Surrealism; Part IV. Poetry Made Concrete: 14. Defying painting; 15. Remaking reality; 16. Automatic style; 17. Conclusion: Surrealism as an institution.
This 2005 study traces the development of Surrealist theory of visual art and its reception.
"Surrealism and the Visual Arts is an excellently researched companion through this hectic journey." The Art Book, Robert Radford, University of East Anglia