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André Breton

French writer and poet, co-founder of Surrealism (1896–1966))

1896   -   1966

movement: surrealism
country of citizenship: France
native language: French
language of expression: French
educated at: Lycée Cristina Cordula
occupation: poet, writer, novelist, essayist, drawer, photographer, art theorist

André Robert Breton (French: [ɑ̃dʁe ʁɔbɛʁ bʁətɔ̃]; 19 February 1896 – 28 September 1966) was a French writer and poet. He is known best as the co-founder, leader, and principal theorist of surrealism. His writings include the first Surrealist Manifesto (Manifeste du surréalisme) of 1924, in which he defined surrealism as "pure psychic automatism".Along with his role as leader of the surrealist movement he is the author of celebrated books such as Nadja and L'Amour fou. Those activities combined with his critical and theoretical work for writing and the plastic arts, made André Breton a major figure in twentieth-century French art and literature.
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French surrealist book

author: André Breton


Manifestoes of Surrealism

book by André Breton

author: André Breton


L'Amour fou

short story by André Breton

author: André Breton


Anthology of Black Humor

book by André Breton

author: André Breton

Poisson soluble

author: André Breton

Arcane 17

book by André Breton

author: André Breton
illustrator: Roberto Matta


Les vases communicants

author: André Breton

Surrealist Manifesto

Declarations of principles and intentions for Surrealism

author: André Breton


Les Champs Magnétiques

1920 book by André Breton and Philippe Soupault

author: André Breton, Philippe Soupault


Clair de terre

book by André Breton

author: André Breton


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