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Several texts, handwritten in ink, by Breton about Gaulish coins, as well as about the journal Médium, edited by Jean Schuster.

A list in the mode of a Jacques Prévert poem allows us to account for this sheet of paper, transformed by means of its folds into a small and rather ill-matched album. Apart from a text on Gallic coins, no doubt written at the time of the ‘The Enduring Quality of Gallic art’ exhibition that took place at the Musée pédagogique from 18 February to 2 April 1955, we note a set of technical arrangements concerning the journal Médium, then edited by Jean Schuster; the style sheet and agenda for what needs finishing are among the things allowing us to follow closely the administration of the journal.

On one page, various handwritten texts by André Breton in red and blue ink, on Gallic art as well as Kanak masks:
‘It is important to observe that the Gauls’ art of imitation is not about perfecting but degenerating.’
‘Ornament of an Apouema mask. A white ovum with a hole through which a strap of dogfish hair is passed.

‘Pérennité de l'art gaulois’, Musée pédagogique, 29 rue d'Ulm Paris, 18 February to 2 April 1955.

*This entry was translated from the French by Michael Richardson.

Creation datesd [1955]
Date of publication 1955
Physical description2 pages in-4° Ms et Ts - encres noire et rouge
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2396
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CategoriesAndre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[Breton's Manuscripts and Drawings] dossier Le Surréalisme et la peinture
ExhibitionPérennité de l'art gaulois
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