André Breton, Paul Eluard,
Tristan Tzara and Valentine Hugo.
"Exquisite Corpse" 1929.
Pastel on paper; 40.5 x 24.5 cm
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
The verbal form was a sentence composed by three or more persons,
each of whom was assigned a specific part to write (subject, verb,
predicate, etc.), but none of whom knew that the others had written.
The game took its name from the first such sentence composed in
this manner, which read,
"The exquisite / corpse/ shall
drink/ the bubbling wine"
In a visual "exquisite corpse", each person drew something
on a sheet of paper and then folded the sheet so the next person
could not see what form the drawing had taken. Only a few guides
left at the edge indicate where to continue. That way they obtain
a group image, as the result of the sum of the participants at
Four artists made this "exquisite corpse". André Breton
began this sketch at the top. He ten folded the paper and handed it to Paul Eluard, who
could see only the lines where Breton had ended. Tristan Tzara and Valentine Hugo
completed the drawing.