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André Robert Breton (French: [ɑ̃dʁe ʁɔbɛʁ bʁətɔ̃]; 18 February 1896 – 28 September 1966) was a French writer and poet. He is known best as the co-founder, leader, principal theorist and chief apologist 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 writer and leader of the Surrealist group in Paris. He was first active with Dada in Paris ca. 1920, then became the chief proponent of Surrealism. Generally a writer of poetry and novels that demonstrated the practice of 'automatic writing,' it was his thoughts on aesthetics that may be his lasting legacy. He wrote on and promoted the work of many painters that conformed to his stringent definitions of Surrealism, outlined in the periodically issued "Le Surréalisme et la peinture," as well as his "Manifeste du Surréalisme-Poisson Soluble" (1924). He organized the first group exhibition of surrealist art, "La peinture surréaliste" in 1925.
French, American
Artist, Writer, Critic, Essayist, Poet, Leader, Painter
André Breton, Andre Breton, D'André Breton, Yves Tanguy
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