Artist André Breton, French, 1896 - 1966
Title
  • La femme étant à l’homme ce que le lit est aux nuages
  • The Woman Is to the Man What the Bed Is to the Clouds (translated title)
Date 1942
Medium assemblage in box including wood, paint, paper, self-adhesive letters, rock, ferrous metal, lead, string, board, lace, chalk, and glass
Dimensions Overall: 16 × 18 × 4 inches (40.6 × 45.7 × 10.2 cm)
Credit Line Bequest of Margaret Herz Demant
Accession Number 2018.141
Department European Modern Art to 1950
Not On View
March 1942, probably given by the artist to Suzy Hare [Susanna Winslow Perkins Wilson] (New York, New York, USA).
1968, Edwin and Lindy (Betty) Bergman, (Chicago, Illinois, USA).
by November 6, 1979, William N. Copley (New York, New York, USA);
November 6, 1979, sold at his sale, (Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, New York, USA), lot 290.
after November 6, 1979, Donald Karshan (New York, New York and Port Orange, Florida, USA).
by October 1989, (Donald Morris Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan, USA);
October 1989, sold to Margaret H. Demant [1926–2018] (Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA);
2018-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
The William N. Copley Collection. Sales cat., Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, November 5-6, 1979, no. 290 (ill.).

Breton, André. Je vois, j'imagine: poèmes-objets. Paris, 1991, pp. 182-183 (ill.), no. 142.