Victor Brauner

1903 (Piatra Neamţ, Romania) – 1966 (Paris)

Brauner’s countryman Brancusi, befriended soon after he arrived in Paris, introduced him to Tanguy, who also became a friend and in turn introduced him to other members of the surrealist group. Giacometti as well as Tanguy lived in the same building as Brauner, while Breton wrote catalogue notes for his first solo exhibition. Dominguez threw a glass during a brawl, causing him to lose his left eye. Lévi-Strauss, Masson, Lam and Breton were all on the same boat to Martinique, escaping occupied France. Brauner’s refusal to denounce his close friend Matta led to his own expulsion from the surrealist movement.