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Declaration upon the arrival in Tenerife



Author André Breton


Manuscript of a text by André Breton written on May, 1935 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Thursday, 23 May 1935. After arriving in Tenerife with Jacqueline and Péret, Breton spoke at the Circle of Friendship of 14 April (Circulo de amistad XIV abril). Since he did not speak Spanish, he only gave an introduction for Augustin Espinosa's speech, summarising his position as explained in the talk he gave in Prague in April ("The Political Position of Art Today"). Here, Breton straightforwardly insisted on the need for a common front against fascism. The manuscript also has a graphite portrait of Péret and the "Declaration of the Arrival at Tenerife", written at the very beginning of May. [Atelier André Breton website, 2005]

Handwritten Manuscript, May 1935
- 1 page in-12 in green ink with several strike-outs and corrections relating to the speech. [auction catalogue, 2003, translation by Christina Heflin, 2023]


- André Breton, (Édition de Marguerite Bonnet avec la collaboration de Philippe Bernier, Étienne-Alain Hubert et José Pierre), Inédits I, Œuvres complètes, tome II, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 1992, pages 581-582


Creation date23/05/1935
Place of origin
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2198
Keywords, , ,
CategoriesManuscripts, Andre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[Albums] Album Prague Ténérife circa 1935, [AB's Manuscripts] Miscellaneous Manuscripts
ExhibitionDiscours du 23 mai 1935
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