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exquisite corpses were first created by the surrealists, André Breton, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy and others in the 1920s. Based on an old parlor game, it was played by several people, each of whom would write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold the paper to conceal what she/he had just written, and pass it on to the next player for his or her contribution. The technique got its name from the first sentence created: “Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau” —”The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine”. The game was quickly adapted to drawing. In this collaboration, the first person draws the head, folds the paper over so that the second person can not see the head—only where the neck starts. The second person draws the torso and then folds that over, so that the third person drawing the legs can not see the torso or the head.

With the help of our talented and generous illustrators who published with us in 2006 and 2007, and with the US Postal service Schwartz & Wade Books has managed to create our own exquisite corpses. We hope you enjoy them!

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Top:
Illustrated by
Barbara Ensor

Middle:
Illustrated by
Kevin Hawkes

 

 

Bottom:
Illustrated by
Marisabina Russo


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