The Eye of the Poet

Elza Adamowicz


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Reaktion Books
26 August 2022
ISBN: 9781789145311
256 pages

From the publisher

This is the first comprehensive study in English of surrealist leader Andre Breton's life-long commitment to the visual arts. As an essayist, art critic, collector, gallery director and artist, he actively promoted many painters, from Gustave Moreau and outsider artists to fellow surrealists like Max Ernst and Andre Masson. The book tracks both the development of Breton's surrealist aesthetics within the Parisian avant-garde art scene and the centrality of art to his political agenda. It also highlights Breton the collector/collagist - the works he displayed in his Paris apartment, ranging from Oceanic masks to African sculptures, paintings to pebbles, are themselves seen as an ever-changing assemblage.