A Man Ray photograph of revellers at a Surrealist ball - Paris, 1920's
André Breton and 'Le Chien qui Fume'
‘Sunflower’ – Andre Breton
The traveler who crossed Les Halles at summer’s end
Walked on hind legs
Despair rolled its great handsome lilies across the sky
And in her handbag was my dream that flask of salts
That only God’s godmother had breathed
Torpors unfurled like mist
At Le Chien qui Fume
Where pro and con had just entered
They could hardly see the young woman and then only at an angle
Was I dealing with the ambassadress of saltpeter
Or with the white curve on black background we call thought
The Innocents’ Ball was in full swing
The Chinese lanterns slowly caught fire in chestnut trees
The shadowless lady knelt on the point of change
'look Andre Breton' it said '… go on'.
From L’Amour Fou (Mad Love) - 1937.
For Jacqueline Lamba
Paul Eluard - with monocle and broadsheet
Andre Breton - seated with a pair of revolvers strapped to his head
Philippe Sourpault - on the floor
Theodore Fraenkel - wearing the apron
Performing at the Salle Gaveau
'You will forget me'
Paris - 1920.
Jacqueline Lamba - Underwater Dancer - Paris 1934