André Breton


“…, I have wanted to see some very special object constructed in response to some poetic fantasy. This object in its matter, in its form, I more or less predicted. Now I have chanced to discover it, unique, doubtless, among so many other fabricated objects. It was obviously this one, it always differed in every way from what I had foreseen. You might have said that in its extreme simplicity, which did not keep it from answering the most complicated needs of the problem, it put the elementary predictions of my character to shame[…]. In any case, what is delightful here is the dissimilarity itself which exists between the object wished for and the object found.”

Text reproduced from André Breton, Mad Love (L’Amour fou), 1987:pp:13

Image Breton by Man Ray c.1930 reproduced from