DescriptionLetter from Alberto Giacometti to André Breton, dated 16 May 1932. Early in 1932, tensions between Breton and Aragon, which were already high, finally led to a definitive break – the ‘Aragon affair’ – with the latter joining the Communist Party, from which Breton had increasingly distanced himself. As we know, it was during a defence of Aragon, who was being prosecuted for his poem ‘Front rouge’ [Red Front], that the crisis broke out. Breton wrote Misère de la poésie [The Poverty of Poetry], as a distant echo of Marx's The Poverty of Philosophy. However, the central idea of Breton’s pamphlet, the rejection of any self-censorship of poetic activity on the grounds of political activity, is disavowed by Aragon. The file includes several letters in response. The first letter, dated 16 January 1931 (in fact, this must without doubt be written in 1932) is from Pierre Unik, who would later take Aragon's side. This is followed by a break-off letter, elegantly but firmly formulated by Sadoul; a letter from Buñuel, who finds the Bretonian idea of a ‘closed’ poetry, purporting to be above class struggle, reactionary; and two letters from Giacometti, the first expressing his disagreement with Breton, the second rallying to his position. [Atelier André Breton website, 2005] Typescript, 16 May 1932. - 1 page in-4° of this typescript letter signed Giacometti, relating to the disagreement over Breton's booklet, Misère de la poésie. [Auction Catalogue, 2003] 1 page in-4°.
Serena Bucalo-Mussely (dir.), Alberto Giacometti - André Breton, Amitiés surréalistes, institut Giacometti, Paris et éditions Fage, Paris, 2022, rep.
|Bibliographical material||1 page in-4°.|
|Date of publication||1932|
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|Copyright||© Fondation Alberto Giacometti|
|Breton Auction, 2003||Lot 2162|
|Keywords||Aragon case, Correspondence, Letter, Politics, Poetry, Surrealism, manuscript|
|Categories||Letters to André Breton|
|Set||[Archives] dossier A.A.E.R./A.E.A.R, [Correspondance] Correspondance avec Alberto Giacometti|
|Exhibition||Alberto Giacometti - André Breton, Amitiés surréalistes|
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