Le Désir attrapé par la queue (Paris, 1945), a play written by Picasso in January 1941, deals with the privations of the occupation through the language of poetic automatism. On 19 March 1944 it received a private reading at the home of Michel and Louise Leiris; the participants, in addition to the Leirises, included Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre and Dora Maar, and among the audience were the Braques, Brassaï, Jacques Lacan and Sabartés.
Above: Jacques Lacan, Cecile Eluard, Pierre Reverdy, Louis Leiris, Pablo Picasso, Fanie de Campan, Valentine Hugo, Simone de Beauvoir and Brassai. Below: Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Michel Leiris and Jean Abier. -Photo By Brassai

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