The Returning Baroque in Luis Buñuel's 'Un Chien Andalou'. Revised and updated notes Cover Image
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Barok powracający w "Psie andaluzyjskim" Luisa Buñuela. Notatki drugie, poprawione
The Returning Baroque in Luis Buñuel's 'Un Chien Andalou'. Revised and updated notes

Author(s): Grzegorz Nadgrodkiewicz
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Buñuel Luis; baroque; Wölfflin Heinrich

Summary/Abstract: The text is devoted to the interpretation of Luis Buñuel’s "Un Chien Andalou" in light of Heinrich Wölfflin’s ideas on the alternation of classical and baroque styles in the development of the fine arts. Nadgrodkiewicz argues that under certain conditions and on the basis of obvious clues contained in the visual layer, Buñuel’s film can be seen as a work bearing signs of baroque art, standing apart from classic conventions of presentation, breaking the canon. In this context it is also important that "Un Chien Andalou" is a flagship piece of surrealism in which one might also find elements of the baroque. This modernistic, avant-garde trend also breaks the canon and classicism as it is generally understood. And thus also fits Wölfflin’s model of alternating baroque and classical styles.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 89-90
  • Page Range: 190-198
  • Page Count: 9