André Masson

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André Masson, was a French Surrealist painter and graphic artist, born Jan. 4, 1896.

Masson studied painting in Brussels and then in Paris.

He fought during the World War I and was severely injured.

His early works display an interest in cubism. He later became associated with surrealism, and he was one of the most enthusiastic employers of automatic drawing, making a number of automatic works in pen and ink.

In the mid-1920s he joined the emergent Surrealist group after one of his paintings had attracted the attention of the movement’s leader, André Breton. Masson soon became the foremost practitioner of automatic writing, which, when applied to drawing, was a form of spontaneous composition intended to express impulses and images arising directly from the unconscious.

Masson’s paintings and drawings from the late 1920s and the 1930s are turbulent, suggestive renderings of scenes of violence, eroticism, and physical metamorphosis. He lived in Spain from 1934 to 1936 and in the United States during World War II.

He died on October, 28 1987


Pygmalion, 1938, oil on canvas,  
46x55 cm [18-1/8 x 21-5/8 inches].

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