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Exquisite Corpse (Cadavre Exquis)

The Surrealists enjoyed a visual game that involved three artists working independently to create a single figurative drawing. The paper was folded in thirds and passed around to participants with only one side exposed. After all the sections had been completed, the paper was unfolded to reveal a fantastic composite image. Reflecting contemporary Freudian ideas about dreams and sexuality, this work’s playful fetishism is suggested by its combination of a doll-like girl’s head, woman’s breasts, collaged male “genitalia,” a central hole, and use of bilingual, off-color slang.

Jacques Hérold
Romanian (active in France), 1910–1987
Yves Tanguy
French, 1900–1955
Victor Brauner
Romanian, 1903–1966
Exquisite Corpse (Cadavre Exquis)
ca. 1932
Collage and graphite on paper
Image/sheet: 10 ½ x 7 7/8 in. (26.7 x 20.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 72.152

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