Over the years, in addition to the artworks André Breton bought, notably primitive sculptures from Oceania, hundreds of paintings, drawings, photographs and books were given to him by friends, followers and little-known artists seeking his blessing. When Breton died at 70 on Sept. 28, 1966, his small apartment at 42 Rue Fontaine in the Pigalle district of Paris was a veritable treasure trove. He had lived there since 1922. A part of Brenton’s ‘Magic Art’ collection is on view at the Centre Pompidou in France.

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