Georges came back to France in 1910 and 1920 onwards, he began rubbing shoulders with artists like Tristan Tzara, Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Marcel Duchamp. He was the first historian of the Dada movement and his studies appeared 1924 onwards in major magazines like Cahiers d'art and Minotaure. They caught André Breton's attention and he joined the Dada group, officially in 1932.
Georges directed a short movie in 1929, La Perle, whose inspiration and surrealist affiliation were not unanimously accepted and was excluded from the movement in 1939. Therefore, he continued his artistic research alone and realized an automatic transfer printing in black ink, a technique which he perfected with Oscar Dominguez. He created photo-montages and photo-collages, newspaper cuttings and assembled all kinds of materials like stones in marine algae, recovered objects like torn paper and created dreamlike works.
Georges worked as a book binder for a while and designed the « Livre-Objet », unique bindings considered as rare bibliographic. The German occupation prevented him to continue from working as an editor at Les Editions de la Montagne, he managed this literature magazine those days. Words were used due to paper rationing and therefore he joined the group La Main à plume, to fight against elaborating leaflets and manufactured fake passes in his binding studio to help people who were wanted by the Gestapo, to flee the occupied zone. He co-founded a clandestine publishing house, whose first book was Silence de la mer de Vercors. This house became Editions de Minuit after the Liberation and as Paris was liberated, Georges Hugnet was able to devote himself to his art again. Georges Hugnet died on June 26, 1974.
Along the Way...
Five Minutes Later, the Boat in the Boat
Guide Rose: Huit jours à Trébaumec
La Dragoulette (from La Vie Amoureuse des Spumifères)
La Grouille Domestique (from La Vie Amoureuse des Spumifères)
La Septième face du dé
Le Promidan Cornu (from La Vie Amoureuse des Spumifères)
Le Rousselier Volant (from La Vie Amoureuse des Spumifères)
Le Torchas Casqué (from La Vie Amoureuse des Spumifères)
Le Torindon à Rapières (from La Vie Amoureuse des Spumifères)
L'Opamidon des Cavernes (from La Vie Amoureuse des Spumifères)
L'Ourgouilloute et la Vivote (from La Vie Amoureuse des Spumifères)
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The Spumifers at Le Catalan