Le Torrent Automobile (Poeme-Assemblage)
Artwork: Le Torrent Automobile (Poeme-Assemblage)
Size: 10.1 x 12.8 cm
Medium: Handwritten poem in ink on paper with twine-bound penknife mounted on card
Creation year: 1934
Marks: Signed and dated 'Andre Breton 26-12-34.' (lower right); inscribed 'chateau de Fougeres Pour Valentine.' (on a card attached to the reverse of the mount)
Category: Drawings
Artwork details : Executed on 26 December 1934
Provenance: Valentine Hugo, Paris, a gift from the artist, in 1934; Jean Petithory, Paris, by whom acquired from the previous; Private collection, Paris, by whom acquired from the previous; Timothy Baum, New York, by whom acquired from the previous; Acquired from the previous, on 4 November 2013
Exhibition history: New York, La boetie, A Selection of Objects by Artists, 1915-1965, October 1981 - January 1982, no. 7, n.p. (illustrated n.p.); Los Angeles, County Museum of Art, The Dada & Surrealist Word-Image, June - August 1989, pp. 50, 53 & 126 (illustrated fig. 49, p. 52); this exhibition later travelled to Connecticut, Wadsworth Atheneum, October - December 1989; and Frankfurt, Schirn Kunsthalle, February - May 1990; Paris, Musee national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Andre Breton: La beaute convulsive, April - August 1991, p. 482 (illustrated p. 294); this exhibition later travelled to Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Andre Breton y el surrealismo, October - December 1991, p. 254 (illustrated); Frankfurt, Schirn Kunsthalle, Surreal Objects. Three-Dimensional Works from Dali to Man Ray, February - May 2011, p. 219 (illustrated fig. 1; illustrated again p. 150; with incorrect dimensions); New York, Blain Di Donna, Dada & Surrealist Objects, October - December 2013, pp. 52 & 138 (illustrated p. 53)

Christie's London

Date: 2019-06-18
Lot Number: 24