Figure, 1928 — André Breton, Museum of Modern Art


André Breton

Exquisite Corpse

Cadavre Exquis with André Breton, Max Morise, Jeannette Ducrocq Tanguy, Pierre Naville, Benjamin Péret, Yves Tanguy, Jacques Prévert

In this collaborative collage, seven Surrealist artists and poets assembled an anthropomorphic form by stacking found printed images of mundane objects: an umbrella is the upper body, a trunk is the torso, and nested pots are two thighs, which one participant extended in pencil. The presence of the umbrella recalls a phrase the Surrealists adopted from the poet Comte de Lautréamont (born Isidore Ducasse) as an ideal description of the principle of juxtaposition: "As beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on an operating table."

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