Paul Eluard

1895–1952

André Breton, ‘Exquisite Corpse’ c.1930
Exquisite Corpse c.1930
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Paul Éluard (French: [elɥar]), born Eugène Émile Paul Grindel ([ɡʁɛ̃dɛl]; 14 December 1895 – 18 November 1952), was a French poet and one of the founders of the Surrealist movement.

In 1916, he chose the name Paul Éluard, a patronymic borrowed from his maternal grandmother. He adhered to Dadaism and became one of the pillars of surrealism by opening the way to artistic action politically committed to the Communist Party.

During World War II, he was the author of several poems against Nazism that circulated clandestinely. He became known worldwide as The Poet of Freedom and is considered the most gifted of French surrealist poets.

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