The Vice of Surrealism
The Image is a pure creation of the mind.
It cannot be born from a comparison, but from two realities, more or
less distant, brought together.
The more the relation between the two realities is distant and
accurate, the stronger the image will be--the more it will posses
emotional power and poetic reality.
Two realities that have no relation whatever cannot be brought
together effectively. No image is created.
An image is not strong because it is brutal or fantastic--but because
the association of ideas is distant and accurate.
Pierre Reverdy, Nord-Sud, March 1918