X65.4990 Male figure

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Male figure
Admiralty Islands, Papua New Guinea
19th-early 20th century
Wood, pigment
X65.4990; Gift of the Wellcome Trust


This figure, memorializing a prominent male ancestor, once flanked the door of a house in the Admiralty Islands and later belonged to the prominent French Surrealists André Breton (1896-1966) and Paul Eluard (1895-1952). Like Picasso, Breton and Eluard were collectors of African and Pacific art, a passion that influenced their work and ultimately the course of European artistic and literary traditions.

Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006