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Text of André Breton's responses to André Parinaud for the magazine Arts published 7 March 1952.

Responding to André Parinaud for the second time for the magazine Arts (the interview was published on 7 March 1952), Breton addresses the relations between art and science, a topic he hadn’t really addressed since the end of the 1920s. It gave him a chance to return to the contribution made by psychoanalysis, and question the machine’s imaginary, notably through visual works. Let’s recall that at that time there was great interest in France in robots (Georges Bernanos devoted an essay to them). [Atelier André Breton website, 2005]

Handwritten manuscript signed, 29 February 1952.
- 3 pages in-4° folio, dated and signed, handwritten in black ink and constituting André Parinaud’s interview with André Breton published in the magazine Arts on 7 March 1952 and entitled: ‘Enquête A. Parinaud (Arts)’.
‘André Parinaud. - After having been identified with one another for a long time, art and science have for centuries been separated in their disciplines and aspirations. Do these relations seem fortuitous to you or do you believe that historical evolution naturally causes scientists and artists to find common ground?
‘André Breton. - I don't see why science and art would stop looking at each other like earthenware dogs so soon. I don’t see how the two labyrinthine roads of science and art could converge when the path civilization has taken leads in a direction that like Rousseau and Fourier I consider pointless and even completely aberrant. [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, Marie-Claire Dumas, Étienne-Alain Hubert et José Pierre), « Deux interviews d'André Parinaud, II », Entretiens 1913-1952, Œuvres complètes, tome III, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 1999, p. 634-639, notice p. 1331-1332

Creation date29-fév.-52
Date of publication 07/03/1952
Physical descriptionMs - encre noire

Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris : BRT 110

Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2348
Keywords, , ,
CategoriesManuscripts, Andre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[Manuscrits d'AB] Entretiens 1913-1952, [Revue] Arts
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