Jindřich Heisler (1914–53) was a poet and visual artist born into a Jewish family in the small Bohemian town of Chrast.
Later moving to Prague, he befriended Jindřich Štyrský and Toyen, and joined the Surrealist Group in 1938. During the Nazi occupation,
Toyen and Karel Teige and others kept him hidden in their apartments (he ignored the summons for deportation to the concentration camp).
After the war he collaborated with Toyen on a number of projects, contributing the poetic texts to her series of drawings War, Hide Yourself and
Shooting Gallery. The two left for Paris in 1947 to participate in the International Exhibition of Surrealism at Galerie Maeght, and
neither returned, becoming active in the Paris Surrealist Group. Heisler conceived, co-edited, and designed the group's magazine NÉON,
published from 1948 to 1950. He lived with Toyen until his sudden death in 1953 in Paris.
published by TSP:
On the Needles
of these Days