Black, Brown, & Beige: Surrealist Writings from Africa and by Franklin Rosemont, Robin D.G. Kelley
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The Scottsboro case is noted by Breton and Péret in “Revue de la presse,” 24; by Etienne Léro in Légitime défense; and in other surrealist writings. Nancy Cunard was especially energetic in the campaign and devotes much space to it in the Negro Anthology. The “Appeal to Struggle” is included in Pierre, Tracts surréalistes, 263–264. As early as October 1927, Breton roundly criticized the French Communist Party and one of its central figures, Henri Barbusse, in the pamphlet Légitime défense. See Breton’s “Sur l’échec du front populaire,” 1259–1260.
One of the few significant English reviews was written by Herbert Read, a cofounder of the Surrealist Group in London. Wifredo Lam They erupt and swirl like baby tornadoes. . They merge and melt into other forms. —Jayne Cortez Another profoundly energizing development in surrealism during the second half of the 1930s was the advent of the brilliant young Cuban painter Wifredo Lam, who had come to Madrid to further his study of painting. Initially attracted by the seventeenth-century Spanish baroque painters, in the late 1920s he discovered Cubism, and particularly Picasso.
On Lam, see Pierre Gaudibert and Jacques Leenhardt, Wifredo Lam; Leiris, Wifredo Lam. On the Marseilles Game, see André Breton, “Le jeu de Marseilles,” 66–68. For background on the surrealists in Marseilles, see Varian Fry’s Surrender on Demand, and Bernard Noel, Marseilles/New York. Leiris, Wifredo Lam, 11. M a rt i n i q u e Etienne Léro Etienne Léro (1910–1939) was the first person of African descent to publicly identify himself as a surrealist. Born and raised in Lamentin, Martinique, and a graduate of the Lycée Schoelcher, he went to France as a young man to pursue his education.