Georges Bataille

1897 (Billon, France) – 1962 (Paris)

Bataille and Breton fell out but cautiously made up. Adorno, Benjamin and Lévi-Strauss gave lectures to his College of Sociology — Caillois, Leiris and Klossowski were members. Bellmer and Masson collaborated with him, Limbour and Queneau worked on his journal ‘Documents’ and were close friends, while Barthes, Foucault, Derrida and Blanchot had work published through his journal ‘Critique’. Leiris and Blanchot joined discussion groups he organised. Balthus gave him houseroom after a relationship ended. Picasso, Ernst and Miró raised money to help him over hard times; Giacometti was among other artist friends.