How the Surrealist Movement Shaped the Course of Art History
Signature: On the back: "Andrè Masson, Nuit, 1958"
XXIX Esposizione Biennale Internazionale d’Arte, Venezia, 1958
"Arte Internazionale del XX Secolo". TAG The Art Gallery, aprile-luglio 2016, Lugano
TornabuoniArte; Masson, Au coer de l’orange. Periodo asiatico 1947-1957, a cura di Cleto Polcina
"Arte Internazionale del XX Secolo". Catalogo mostra a cura di Giorgio Giovanni Pandini, 2016
Galerie Louise Leiris Parigi;
Galerie Hadrien-Thomas, Parigi;
Cleto Polcina Artemoderna Roma
An early Surrealist and devotee of Cubism—who went on to inspire the New York Abstract Expressionists before taking up a late interest in impressionistic landscapes—André Masson was an iconoclast whose abrupt stylistic transitions defy classification. Along with Joan Miró, he explored automatic drawing, seeking to express the creative force of the unconscious. This led to images—like the celebrated Battle of the Fishes (1927), a poetic depiction of conflict and metamorphosis with undertones of primordial eroticism—derived from random gestures and drawn spontaneously in glue, then sprinkled with colored sands for added texture and complexity. His signature violence, evident in the terrifying, fragmented figures of In The Tower of Sleep (1938), reflects the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and WWII, as well as his own troubled psyche in the aftermath of his service in WWI.
French, 1896-1987, Balagny-sur-Thérain, France