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Exquisite Corpse

Yves Tanguy

Exquisite Corpse

Yves Tanguy
  • Original Title: Cadavre Exquis
  • Date: 1938
  • Style: Surrealism
  • Genre: symbolic painting
  • Media: collage

The Cadavre Exquis (Exquisite Corpse) was a favorite surrealist game from the mid-1920s onwards. It usually involved three or four participants who added to a drawing, collage or sentence, without seeing what the others had already done. This work is one of several made by Breton, his second wife Jacqueline Lamba, and Yves Tanguy, while on a weekend holiday together in February 1938. However, this piece might have been made collaboratively rather than by folding the paper to hide the previous contribution, since there are no fold lines on the paper.

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