Roh identified many artists as ³magical realists.´ Though all unique, RohRoh identified many artists as ³magical realists.´ Though all unique, Roh provided a unifying definition for this group of artists. provided a unifying definition for this group of artists.
Magical Realism--We recognize the world, although now--not onlybecause we have emerged from a dream--we look on it with neweyes. We are offered a new style that is thoroughly of this world, thatcelebrates the mundane. This new world of objects is still alien tothe current idea of Realism.
t employs various techniques thatendow all things with a deeper meaning and reveal mysteries thatalways threaten the secure tranquility of simple and ingenuousthings. This [art offers a] calm admiration of the magic of being, of the discovery that things already have their own faces, [this] meansthat the ground in which the most diverse ideas in the world can takeroot has been reconquered--albeit in new ways. For the new art it isa question of representing before our eyes, in an intuitive way, thefact, the interior figure, of the exterior world. (Franz Roh, MagicRealism: Post-Expressionism (1925).
Ed. L. P.Zamora and W. B. Faris. Durham: Duke UP, 1995. p. 15-32.)