The contemplative researcher lives aloof from society, a silent and unseen example it would seem. How is he to share his refined sensitivities, his ascetic and indeed aesthetic findings in ways that reveal their hidden purpose?

Simone Collinet ex-Breton

In her gallery, at Duncan's place, one could buy in 1949, for tiny sums, Tanguy, Max Ernst, Dalí, Masson, etc, all the surrealism that she had helped, even financed. She made the first contract between De Chirico and her husband, André Breton (the surrealist ones always married well!). Thanks to her, I'm in among the Congress for Cultural Freedom and the magazine "Preuves". Those were my beginnings in Paris.

Dans sa galerie, chez Duncan, on pouvait acheter en 1949, pour des sommes minimes, Tanguy, Max Ernst, Dalí, Masson, etc., tout le surréalisme qu'elle avait aidé, voire financé. Elle fit le premier contrat à De Chirico avec son mari, André Breton (les surréalistes se sont toujours bien mariés !). Grace à elle je suis entre au Congrès de la Liberté de la Culture, à la revue "Preuves". Ce furent mes débuts à Paris.
René Laubies, Portraits et Aphorismes, 2001.

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