Published in the framework of the exhibition Apollinaire - Le regard du peintre, Paris, Musée de l'Orangerie, form 6 April to 18 July 2016.
Guillaume Apollinaire (1880 - 1918)
He was the direct heir to Charles Baudelaire, Stéphane Mallarmé and the Symbolists. Guillaume Apollinaire passed the relay to the Dada generation and to the Surrealists, a title wich he owed his paternity. He opens the sensibility and takes hold of his epoch.
"J'émerveille" ("I marvel"), he adopted this expression wich became his poetic motto directly inspired by his links with the many artists he meets and supports daily. His poetic inspiration is none other than the astonished and unceasingly reinvented gaze that he poses on the world.
About the calligrams he will say : "My images are worth a verse. They have a typographical or lapidary type (not only the verse, but also the stanza, the sonnet, the rondeau, etc.) they are no longer free verses, and they are not the regular verses of wich, for my part, I am tired."