Valançay, Robert

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Robert Valançay, born in 1903, was a poet, translator and literary critic who worked with and admired many of the artists and poets of the surrealist group. His literary achievements are all the more remarkable as he held a "day job" with Shell, translating as well as making documentary films for the company for many years.

In the thirties, he seems to have published at least two volumes of poetry Flot et jusant and Oiseau nitre ; another collection, Mots deserre-freins which assembled many of the early poems, appeared in 1972. However, Valançay seems to have been most appreciated and sought after for his translations. Indeed, he was considered the official translator of Max Ernst and Hans Arp.

From the guide to the Robert Valançay correspondence, 1921-1978, (Getty Research Institute)

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associatedWith Arp, Jean, 1887-1966 person
associatedWith Bellmer, Hans, 1902-1975 person
associatedWith Breton, André, 1896-1966 person
associatedWith Eluard, Paul, 1895-1952 person
associatedWith Ernst, Max, 1891-1976 person
associatedWith Hausmann, Raoul, 1886-1971 person
associatedWith Huelsenbeck, Richard, 1892-1974 person
associatedWith Hugnet, Georges, 1906-1974 person
associatedWith Massot, Pierre de person
associatedWith Oppenheim, Meret, 1913- person
associatedWith Ozenfant, Amédée, 1886-1966 person
associatedWith Parisot, Henri person
associatedWith Poupard-Lieussou, Yves person
associatedWith Ray, Man, 1890-1976 person
associatedWith Richter, Hans, 1888-1976 person
associatedWith Tanguy, Yves, 1900-1955 person
associatedWith Villon, Jacques, 1875-1963 person
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