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Meeting at the Pleyel

Meeting for the internationalisation of the spirit



Author André Breton
People cited Hyeronimus Bosch, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Homère, Karl Marx, Arthur Rimbaud, Léonard de Vinci, Léon Trotsky, Garry Davis


André Breton's manuscript for a speech to be given at the Salle Pleyel on 12 December 1948.

On 12 December 1948, at the initiative of David Rousset and other personalities from the non-communist left, a meeting of the Rassemblement démocratique révolutionnaire (Revolutionary Democratic Assembly) was organised at the Salle Pleyel on the subject of the internationalism of the spirit. André Breton's speech, against the backdrop of the hardening of the communist regimes, makes a strong link between the moral conditions of human life and its physical conditions. [Atelier André Breton website, 2005]

Signed autograph manuscript , December 1948.

- 2 pages in-4° folio, handwritten in blue ink, titled, dated, and signed by Breton.

The internationalism of the spirit was the subject of the Pleyel meeting:

"The more the human spirit discovers itself, the better it senses that, for a long time, it has been limited only by ignorance and deceit to one region of Europe. [...] The greatest ambition of Surrealism was to recover the secret of universal communication.” [Auction Catalogue, 2003]


La Maison de verre. André Breton, initiateur découvreur, Musée de Cahors Henri-Martin, Cahors, 20 September - 31 December 2014

Creation datedéc.-48
Bibliographical material

2 pages in-4° folioed. Manuscript in blue, dated and signed, December 1948.

Physical descriptionMs - encre bleue et crayon
Number of pages2 p.
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2293
Keywords, , ,
CategoriesManuscripts, Andre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[AB's Manuscripts] Miscellaneous Manuscripts
ExhibitionsL'internationalisme d'esprit , André Breton, The House Of Glass
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