“The flora and fauna of Surrealism are inadmissible.”
(André Breton, Manifesto of Surrealism, 1924)
“The surrealist bestiary gives pride of place, above all other species, to animals that are sui generis and have an aberrant or decadent appearance such as the platypus, the praying mantis, or the anteater.”
(André Breton, Caught in the Act, 1949)
All three photographs (star-nosed mole, anteaters and Gila monsters on barrel cactus) are newspaper clippings which Breton kept in an envelope entitled “STAR-NOSED MOLE”.