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Le Tigre mondain



Authors Frédéric Delanglade, André Breton
Person cited Benjamin Péret


A dossier in preparation for one of the 12 altars planned for the exhibition Le Surréalisme en 1947.

This ‘Worldly Tiger’ (Tigre mondain) ‘wears a monocle’ and, associated with agate and Aries, would be consecrated as the first altar of the International Surrealist Exhibition of 1947; in this project partly drafted in Breton’s hand, we learn to our dismay that it is fed on copper sulphate covered in flies! It’s true that the idea comes not from a zoologist but a poet: Benjamin Péret. [Atelier André Breton website, 2005] 

Folder labelled by André Breton for one of the 12 altars for the surrealist exhibition at the Galerie Maeght in 1947 (the whole set in a folder with a ribbon also labelled by André Breton).
I. Le Tigre mondain, handwritten note by Breton on one in-4° page [Auction catalogue, 20033]

- File of the altar: Personification: Le Tigre mondain; Text extract: Jean Ferry (‘Le Tigre mondain’, Les Quatre Vents, no. 6); Artist: Frédéric Delanglade; Offerings: Marcelle Ferry et Marcel Jean; Food: Benjamin Péret and Francis Bouvet; Correspondence: 1st hour of Nuctéméron; Sign of the zodiac: Aries.

- Memo sheet: mentions the name of a stone (chrysoprase) and a re-transcribed phrase, crossed out and with annotations.

- Worksheet: includes a re-transcribed phrase in pencil, author (B.P.). [Site Bibliothèque Kandinsky, 2023]

Creation datesd [1947]
Bibliographical material

2 in-4° pages, manuscript in black ink


Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Centre Pompidou, Paris : BRET 1.12

Number of pages2 p.
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2282
Keywords, , ,
Set[Exhibitions] 1947, Exposition Maeght 1947
Exhibition1947, Le Surréalisme en 1947
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1 Work

Le Tigre mondain

Jean Ferry


Récit poétique de Jean Ferry paru aux Éditions des Quatre Vents à Paris en 1946.

Deux images, une notice descriptive, un lien.

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