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And the cricket had fallen asleep...



Author André Breton
People cited Jindrich Heisler, Robert Benayoun


Manuscript that would be published in Médium (Informations surréalistes) in February 1953.

Published anonymously under the title ‘Et le grillon s'endormi’ (And the cricket had fallen asleep), this note by Breton appeared in Médium (Informations surréalistes) in February 1953. It is devoted to the Czech painter Jindrich Heisler, who was buried in Pantin on 6 January: partly biographical, partly lyrical, it recalls the active part the artist had played in the surrealist movement since his arrival in Paris half a dozen years earlier. The evocation of a letter from Robert Benyaoun confirms one of the functions of the review: to ensure the circulation of information, to give some the news of others, to communicate. [Atelier André Breton website, 2005]

Autograph manuscript, 13 January 1953.
- 1 page in-4° handwritten in ink, relating to the death of Jindrich Heisler:
" ‘Black is not so black’ says one, and the other speaks of those deaths that should not be mourned for the simple reason that they ‘never have anything in common with pain.’ But the vanity of these words in the face of Heisler's departure. That January 6, around 3 a.m., in the cemetery of Pantin buried under the snow, evading even the very idea of a sun, other than a stabbed heart.”
Text published in the January 1953 issue of Médium (Informations surréalistes) under the title ‘Et le grillon s'endormi...’.

Erasures and corrections. [Sale Catalogue, 2003]



André Breton (Édition de Marguerite Bonnet avec la collaboration de Philippe Bernier, Marie-Claire Dumas, Étienne-Alain Hubert et José Pierre), « "Médium, Informations surréalistes" (notes) », Alentours II, Œuvres complètes, tome III, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 1999, p. 1084, notice p. 1461


Creation date13-janv.-53
Bibliographical material

1 page in-4°

Physical descriptionMs - encre noire
Number of pages1 p.
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2361
CategoriesArchives, Archival Documents, Manuscripts, Andre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[Archives] Surréalistes tchèques, [Journal] Médium
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Médium [feuille]


Numéro 1, daté de novembre 1952, de la première série de la revue lancée en 1952 par Jean Schuster.
Une image, une notice descriptive, une bibliographie.

[Journal] Médium