by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1960
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- Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1486 portraits, Sitter associated with 137 portraits.
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Kar photographed Breton at the studio of his Paris apartment, 42 rue Fontaine, near Montmatre, where he lived at the time with his third wife Elisa. Breton moved to this address in 1922 and the flat served as the hub of surrealism. Breton is seen at his writing desk surrounded by the artefacts he collected. On the wall hangs one of his most treasured paintings, Giorgio De Chirico's The Child's Brain (1914) and a portrait by Pablo Picasso.