Cadavre Exquis, André Breton, Max Morise, Jeannette Ducrocq Tanguy, Pierre Naville, Benjamin Péret, Yves Tanguy, Jacques Prévert. Figure. 1928
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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."

Gallery label from Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration, March 14–July 9, 2012.
Collaborating artist
André Breton, Max Morise, Jeannette Ducrocq Tanguy, Pierre Naville, Benjamin Péret, Yves Tanguy, Jacques Prévert
Medium
Composite collage of cut-and-pasted printed paper and pencil on paper
Dimensions
11 3/8 x 9" (28.9 x 22.9 cm)
Credit
Van Gogh Purchase Fund
Object number
267.1937
Copyright
© 2019 Estate of Yves Tanguy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Drawings and Prints

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