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"Hotel of Great Men"



By (photographer) Jacques-André Boiffard


The photograph depicts the facade of the seven-story "Hotel of Great Men" (Hôtel des grands hommes).

The name of the hotel appears on the railing of the sixth-floor balcony. A man appears gazing out of a second-floor window above an inset printing business, the "House of Henri Borniol".

Handwritten on the back of the photograph by Andre Breton: "below the words HOTEL OF are the two windows of the room I occupied around 1918." The photograph is from the same set that was used by André Breton to illustrate Nadja.

"My point of departure will be the Hôtel des Grands Hommes, Place du Pantheon, where I lived around 1918..." -Nadja


- Paris, Musée national d'art moderne/ Centre Georges Pompidou, La Subversion des images: Surréalisme, photographie, film, 2009, rep.p. 132

Creation datevers 1928
Date of publication 1928
Physical description16,5 x 11 ,5 cm (6 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)

Musée national d'Art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris : AM 2003-276

Copyright© ADAGP, Paris, 2012.
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 5270
Set[Exhibitions] 2009-2010, Subversion of the images, Beaubourg
ExhibitionLa Subversion des images | Photographie surréaliste
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