E.L.T. Mesens collected, supported, and promoted the work of surrealist artists and writers. The archive comprises comprehensive
documentation of the Belgian surrealist's career as gallery director, editor, publisher, critic, musician, poet, and artist.
Most significant are ca. 3,500 letters (1918-1971) to and from artists, musicians, writers, dealers, and others prominent
in the art world, and ca. 800 photographs documenting art that Mesens exhibited or sold.
Edouard Léon Théodore Mesens (born in Brussels, 1903 November 27) is probably best known for his ardent support and promotion
of surrealist art, particularly artists in the Surrealist movements in Belgium and England. In his capacity as a gallery director,
curator, collector and publisher, Mesens mounted significant exhibits in both countries, bought and sold works by little-known
artists, introduced artists to other dealers, and published the work of writers and artists. His favorite artist was Magritte,
whose work Mesens championed as early as 1920 when they met at an exhibit. Despite their difficult relationship, Mesens promoted
Magritte consistently and amassed a large collection of his work.
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