Multiple artists

Cadavre exquis [Exquisite Corpse]

About this artwork

The Cadavre Exquis (Exquisite Corpse) was a favourite 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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  • title:
    Cadavre exquis [Exquisite Corpse]
  • accession number:
    GMA 3946
  • artists:
    Andre BretonFrench (1896 - 1966) Yves TanguyFrench (1900 - 1955) Jacqueline LambaFrench (1910 - 1993)
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  • materials:
    Collage on paper, folded in half
  • date created:
    9 February 1938
  • measurements:
    31.00 x 21.20 cm (unfolded 31.00 x 42.20 cm)
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995
  • copyright:
    © ADAGP, Paris / ARS, NY and DACS, London 2016
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Andre Breton

Yves Tanguy

Jacqueline Lamba

Andre Breton

Yves Tanguy

Jacqueline Lamba