Francis Ponge

1899 (Montpellier, France) – 1988 (Le Bar-sur-Loup)

Ponge got to know Picasso, Braque, Giacometti and Hélion — artists he liked to spend time with — through Leiris (whom he accompanied to Algeria). Paulhan published him, but years of delays muddied the waters of their friendship. Duras’ apartment was home to a circle of writers and intellectuals, Ponge among them. Camus sent him the manuscript of ‘The Myth of Sysiphus’, and started a rich correspondence. Paulhan introduced him and Dubuffet to each other, and Sollers published an interview with him.