FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "Le Fil d'Ariane"
Medium: Original Etching with Aquatint
Limited Edition: 15/100
Size: 18" X 13.5"
Title: "Intérieur Vénitien"
Medium: Original Lithograph
Limited Edition: 45/125
Size: 26" X 20"
André Masson (b. Balagny-sur-Thérain 1896 - Paris 1987) was a French artist. He was brought up in Belgium. He began his study
of art at the age of eleven in Brussels, at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts under the guidance of Constant Montald, and later
he studied in Paris. He fought for France during World War I and was seriously 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. Masson experimented with altered states of consciousness with artists
such as Antonin Artaud, Michel Leiris, Joan Miró, Georges Bataille, Jean Dubuffet, and Georges Malkine, who were neighbors of
his studio in Paris. By the end of the 1920s, however, he was finding automatic drawing rather restricting, and he left the
surrealist movement and turned instead to a more structured style, often producing works with a violent or erotic theme, and
making a number of paintings in reaction to the Spanish Civil War. Under the German occupation of France during World War
II, his work was condemned by the Nazis as degenerate. With the assistance of Varian Fry in Marseille, Masson escaped the Nazi
regime on a ship to the French island of Martinique from where he went on to the United States. Upon arrival in New York City,
U.S. customs officials inspecting Masson's luggage found a cache of his erotic drawings. Denouncing them as pornographic, they
ripped them up before the artist's eyes. Living in New Preston, Connecticut his work became an important influence on
American abstract expressionists, such as Jackson Pollock. Following the war, he returned to France and settled in
Aix-en-Provence where he painted a number of landscapes.
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