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This work is visible by appointment. Montfort Gallery 5, rue de provence 75009 paris. André Masson, painter and engraver, was born in Balagny in a village in Ile de France. In 1904 he moved to Brussels, where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. Andre Masson left this city to live in Paris in 1912.There, he was accepted in the workshop of Paul Baudoin of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts. When the war broke out, masson was enlisted. Seriously wounded, he must spend several months in a military hospital in 1917. Masson returned to Paris in 1922. His art is influenced first by André Derain and Cubism. Shortly after, he came into contact with the surrealists and joined their movement in 1924. The first exhibition of the surrealists, in which masson also participates, takes place in the stone gallery in 1925. Masson leaves the group five years later in a an impetus for protest against Breton authoritarian lambition that wants to take the lead. Thanks to surrealism, Masson is sensitized to the access to the legal and psychological sources of art. He seeks to analyze their deep character with the help of automatic writing from the unconscious.
Taking this method as a starting point, a method to which he is now more or less faithful, Masson develops the famous sand paintings composed with glue and sand of different colors. The free delimitation of the forms and the accentuation of the lines of his graphic works testify to the study of oriental calligraphy.
Masson often retains his violent and terrible visions by drawing oscillating lines as in the effect of trance, or by practicing writing in a state of dexterity and agitation. However, behind the spontaneity and the passionate feeling, the observer can recognize most of the time a cubist orderly structure on his paintings. From 1942, when masson flees France occupied for the USA, he creates fragmented figures or figures of horror. He is interested in such motifs until the 60s. Masson lives again in Paris from 1945.
It breaks definitively with surrealism. The multi-faceted work of masson includes book illustrations and sets. In 1966, he painted the ceiling of the Parisian theater of lodeon. In his works he has always remained close to the object despite the fact that he is considered to be the initiator of abstract expressionism, especially in the USA. Masson wants to make his own vision a reality and not to photograph the event of the day.The item \The seller is \This item can be delivered anywhere in the world.