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'Mazda', 'Esquisse raturée' and 'L'âme du blé'



Author Nadja


Nadja’s original drawings from 1926 in graphite and ink on a double sheet of laid paper folded in two.

Drawings, sd [1926].
A double sheet on Montgolfier laid paper (32 x 24 cm) is appended to the folder [lot 2123_1].
- On the first page of the first folio is an original drawing in ink titled ‘Mazda’.
In the edition of Nadja, André Breton wrote:
‘She liked to imagine herself as a butterfly whose body would be formed by a ‘Mazda’ (Nadja) lamp towards which a charmed snake would rise. Since then I have been unable to look at the luminous Mazda poster on the main boulevards without blinking uneasily.’
A sketch of a drawing by Nadja representing a butterfly is on the same page with a note by Breton that it is ‘to be deleted’.
On the second and third pages there is an original drawing by Nadja in black pencil entitled ‘À mort’, which was reproduced in the 1928 edition of Nadja under the title ‘The soul of wheat’. [sale catalogue, 2003]

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


- André Breton (Édition de Marguerite Bonnet avec la collaboration de Philippe Bernier, Étienne-Alain Hubert et José Pierre), Nadja, Œuvres complètes, tome I, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 1988, pages 727.

Creation datesd [1926]
Bibliographical material

Double sheets on Montgolfier laid paper, drawings and handwritten texts, in black ink and pencil.

Date of publication 1926
Physical descriptionDs - 32 cm x 24 cm
From / ProvenanceDon de l'artiste

Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris : BRT 45

Size24,00 x 32,00 x 0,10 cm
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2123
Keywords, ,
CategoriesAndre Breton's Manuscripts, Graphics
Set[AB's Manuscripts] Nadja
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1 Work

Dessin de Nadja

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Tirage photographique d'un dessin de Nadja utilisé par Breton pour illustrer Nadja.
Deux images, une notice courte, des liens.

[AB's Manuscripts] Nadja