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Sleeping fit of Robert Desnos

First period of hypnotic sleeping fits



Author Robert Desnos
People cited Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia


Handwritten fragments and drawings from Desnos' sleeping fits, dating from 1922. "Alarm and caprice where the winds die and all the currents maintained who surrender.” In these fragments by Desnos, something emerges that can unhesitatingly said to be poetic, if only because of the scansion that gives rhythm to the sentences. The figure of Marcel Duchamp, whose portrait and name appear at the end of this collection, suggests that of Rrose Sélavy, who is emerging and who will ‘dictate’ to Desnos some dazzling works that captivated Breton and his friends. For the time being, Duchamp still shares the limelight with Picabia, another tutelary figure of the group, whose portrait Desnos sketches in a style that is radically different from that of the rebus-landscapes that he deploys in the morts [the dead] drawings. First period of hypnotic sleeping fits. 5 pages in-8° in blue pencil. "Alarm and caprice where the winds and sea currents die and are lost... "At the two poles. These two poles which are Francis and Picabia... "Beardless memory takes my place in love.” Two small abstract drawings are titled "Marcel Duchamp" and "Picabia".
Creation date1922
Date of publication 1922
Physical descriptionMs [3] Ds [2] - crayon bleu

Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris : BRT 161

Method of acquisition and collectionBibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris, don Aube et Oona Elléouët
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2026
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CategoriesManuscripts, Surrealists Manuscripts
Set[Manuscripts] Sommeils
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