Andre Breton

(19 February 1896 – 28 September 1966 / Normandy)

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  • ''No one who has lived even for a fleeting moment for something other than life in its conventional sense and has experienced the exaltation that this feeling produces can then renounce his new freedom so easily.''
    André Breton (1896-1966), French Surrealist. Surrealism and Painting (1928).
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  • ''In the world we live in ... everything militates in favor of things that have not yet happened, of things that will never happen again.''
    André Breton (1896-1966), French Surrealist. Surrealism and Painting (1928).
  • ''No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.''
    André Breton (1896-1966), French Surrealist. Surrealism and Painting (1928).
  • ''If surrealism ever comes to adopt a particular line of moral conduct, it has only to accept the discipline that Picasso has accepted and will continue to accept.''
    André Breton (1896-1966), French surrealist. Surrealism and Painting (1928).
  • ''To see, to hear, means nothing. To recognize (or not to recognize) means everything. Between what I do recognize and what I do not recognize there stands myself. And what I do not recognize I shall continue not to recognize.''
    André Breton (1896-1966), French surrealist. Surrealism and Painting (1928).
  • ''Dali is like a man who hesitates between talent and genius, or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue.''
    André Breton (1896-1966), French surrealist. repr. in What Is Surrealism? Selected Writings, ed. Franklin Rosemont (1978). The First Dali Exhibition, Preface (Nov. 1929).

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Best Poem of Andre Breton

Freedom Of Love

(Translated from the French by Edouard Rodti)

My wife with the hair of a wood fire
With the thoughts of heat lightning
With the waist of an hourglass
With the waist of an otter in the teeth of a tiger
My wife with the lips of a cockade and of a bunch of stars of the last magnitude
With the teeth of tracks of white mice on the white earth
With the tongue of rubbed amber and glass
My wife with the tongue of a stabbed host
With the tongue of a doll that opens and closes its eyes
With the tongue of an unbelievable stone
My wife with the eyelashes of strokes of...

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Postman Cheval

We are the birds always charmed by you from the top of these belvederes
And that each night form a blossoming branch between your shoulders and the arms of your well beloved wheelbarrow
Which we tear out swifter than sparks at your wrist
We are the sighs of the glass statue that raises itself on its elbow when man sleeps
And shining holes appear in his bed
Holes through which stags with coral antlers can be seen in a glade
And naked women at the bottom of a mine
You remembered then y

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