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André Masson - Original Lithograph
By André Masson
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
André Masson - Composition Original Lithograph 1969 Dimensions: 32 x 25 cm Revue XXe Siècle Cahiers d'art published under the direction of G. di San Lazzaro. French painter born i...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

André Masson - Original Lithograph
By André Masson
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Maurice Estève - Composition Original Lithograph 1964 Dimensions: 32 x 25 cm Revue XXe Siècle Cahiers d'art published under the direction of G. di San Lazzaro. French painter born...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Nude Prints

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Lithograph

Andre’ Masson “Lombes” Lithograph
By André Masson
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a wonderful abstract lithograph by the French artist Andre Masson in 1957 signed in pencil 3/50 in its original frame.
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Vintage 1950s French Prints

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H 30.5 in. W 23.5 in. D 1.5 in.
André Masson, Femme, 1975, Lithograph
By André Masson
Located in Saint ouen, FR
André Masson, Femme, 1975 Color lithograph on Arches Paper Signed at the lower right part of the artwork. From the series "I dream" Framed Dimensions: 50 x 66 cm.   
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Vintage 1970s European Modern Decorative Art

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  • André Masson, Femme, 1975, Lithograph
  • André Masson, Femme, 1975, Lithograph
H 25.99 in. W 0.4 in. D 19.69 in.
"Judith," Color Lithograph signed by André Masson
By André Masson
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Judith" is an original color lithograph on Japon paper by surrealist artist Andre Masson. This print depicts a number of surreal and exaggerated figures in front of a black backgrou...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Untitled - Original Lithograph by André Masson - 1970
By André Masson
Located in Roma, IT
Hand signed and numbered in the lower margin. Edition of 150 prints. André Masson was a French artist, well-known as part of the Surrealism. He was a painter but also a sculptor and ...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

French Abstract Surrealist Color Lithograph Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Published Benincasa Carmine. Edizioni SEAT, Torino, Italy. Offset directly from the original plates. Limited edition. This is not hand signed or numbered. Signature in the printing p...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph, Offset

French Abstract Surrealist Color Lithograph Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Published Benincasa Carmine. Edizioni SEAT, Torino, Italy. Offset directly from the original plates. Limited edition. This is not hand signed or numbered. Signature in the printing p...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Offset, Lithograph

French Abstract Surrealist Color Lithograph Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Published Benincasa Carmine. Edizioni SEAT, Torino, Italy. Offset directly from the original plates. Limited edition. This is not hand signed or numbered. Signature in the printing p...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph, Offset

French Abstract Surrealist Color Lithograph Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Published Benincasa Carmine. Edizioni SEAT, Torino, Italy. Offset directly from the original plates. Limited edition. This is not hand signed or numbered. Signature in the printing p...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph, Offset

French Abstract Surrealist Color Lithograph Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Published Benincasa Carmine. Edizioni SEAT, Torino, Italy. Offset directly from the original plates. Limited edition. This is not hand signed or numbered. Signature in the printing p...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph, Offset

French Abstract Surrealist Color Lithograph Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Published Benincasa Carmine. Edizioni SEAT, Torino, Italy. Offset directly from the original plates. Limited edition. This is not hand signed or numbered. Signature in the printing p...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph, Offset

French Abstract Surrealist Color Lithograph Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Published Benincasa Carmine. Edizioni SEAT, Torino, Italy. Offset directly from the original plates. Limited edition. This is not hand signed or numbered. Signature in the printing p...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph, Offset

French Abstract Surrealist Color Lithograph Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Published Benincasa Carmine. Edizioni SEAT, Torino, Italy. Offset directly from the original plates. Limited edition. This is not hand signed or numbered. Signature in the printing p...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph, Offset

French Abstract Surrealist Color Lithograph Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Published Benincasa Carmine. Edizioni SEAT, Torino, Italy. Offset directly from the original plates. Limited edition. This is not hand signed or numbered. Signature in the printing p...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph, Offset

French Abstract Surrealist Color Lithograph Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Published Benincasa Carmine. Edizioni SEAT, Torino, Italy. Offset directly from the original plates. Limited edition. This is not hand signed or numbered. Signature in the printing p...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph, Offset

French Abstract Surrealist Color Lithograph Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Published Benincasa Carmine. Edizioni SEAT, Torino, Italy. Offset directly from the original plates. Limited edition. This is not hand signed or numbered. Signature in the printing p...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph, Offset

André Masson, Femme II, 1975, Lithograph
By André Masson
Located in Saint ouen, FR
André Masson - Femme II, 1975 Color lithograph on arches paper Signed at the lower center part of the artwork. From the series "I dream" Framed Dimensions: 50 x 66 cm.
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Vintage 1970s European Modern Decorative Art

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Paper

  • André Masson, Femme II, 1975, Lithograph
  • André Masson, Femme II, 1975, Lithograph
  • André Masson, Femme II, 1975, Lithograph
  • André Masson, Femme II, 1975, Lithograph
H 25.99 in. W 0.4 in. D 19.69 in.
"Caliban," Original Color Lithograph by Surrealist Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Caliban" is an original color lithograph by Andre Masson. It features abstract marks and designs in brown over a background of pink and yellow. 10" x 7 1/2" art 20 1/2" x 18" fram...
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1960s Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Abstract Composition - Original Lithograph by André Masson - 1970s
By André Masson
Located in Roma, IT
Abstract Composition is an original color lithograph realized in the half of the XX century by Andre Masson. Hand-signed on the lower right margin. Numbered on the lower left. Edit...
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1970s Surrealist More Prints

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Lithograph

Abstract Composition - Original Lithograph by André Masson - 1970s
By André Masson
Located in Roma, IT
Abstract Composition is an original colored lithograph realized in the half of XX century. The artwork is hand signed on the lower right margin. Numbered on the lower left. Edition...
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1970s Surrealist More Prints

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Lithograph

Galerie Louis Leiris - Original Lithograph by André Masson - 1968
By André Masson
Located in Roma, IT
This is an hand signed lithograph by André Masson, with dedication. André Masson was a French artist, well-known as part of the Surrealism. He was a painter but also a sculptor and ...
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1960s Surrealist More Prints

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Lithograph

French Abstract Surrealist Vintage Lithograph Mourlot Poster Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
André-Aimé-René Masson (4 January 1896 – 28 October 1987) was a French artist. Masson was born in Balagny-sur-Thérain, Oise, but when he was eight his father's work took the family ...
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Mid-20th Century Surrealist Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

French Abstract Surrealist Vintage Lithograph Mourlot Poster Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
André-Aimé-René Masson (4 January 1896 – 28 October 1987) was a French artist. Masson was born in Balagny-sur-Thérain, Oise, but when he was eight his father's work took the family ...
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Mid-20th Century Surrealist Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

French Abstract Surrealist Vintage Lithograph Mourlot Poster Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
André-Aimé-René Masson (4 January 1896 – 28 October 1987) was a French artist. Masson was born in Balagny-sur-Thérain, Oise, but when he was eight his father's work took the family ...
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Mid-20th Century Surrealist Paintings

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Lithograph

1972 Andre Masson 'Le Depart' Expressionism Pink,White France Lithograph
By André Masson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 12.75 x 9.75 inches ( 32.385 x 24.765 cm ) Image Size: 11 x 9 inches ( 27.94 x 22.86 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Addition...
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1970s Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Serpent Woman - André Masson - 1975
By André Masson
Located in Paris, FR
Serpent Woman - André Masson - 1975 Beautiful original lithograph by the surrealist artist André Masson. 1975 Publisher: Bellini & Jobin, Paris. Signed in pencil and numbered 42/150...
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1970s Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

French Abstract Surrealist Lithograph Andre Masson Mourlot Paris Limited Edition
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
This is from the suite by Jean Paul Sartre and Andre Masson, Limited edition of 175. published by Fernand Mourlot, 1961. The portfolio is numbered #29/175 and hand signed by Andre Ma...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

French Abstract Surrealist Lithograph Andre Masson Mourlot Paris Limited Edition
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
This is from the suite by Jean Paul Sartre and Andre Masson, Limited edition of 175. published by Fernand Mourlot, 1961. The portfolio is numbered #29/175 and hand signed by Andre Ma...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

French Abstract Surrealist Lithograph Andre Masson Mourlot Paris Limited Edition
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
This is from the suite by Jean Paul Sartre and Andre Masson, Limited edition of 175. published by Fernand Mourlot, 1961. The portfolio is numbered #29/175 and hand signed by Andre Ma...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

French Abstract Surrealist Lithograph Andre Masson Mourlot Paris Limited Edition
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
This is from the suite by Jean Paul Sartre and Andre Masson, Limited edition of 175. published by Fernand Mourlot, 1961. The portfolio is numbered #29/175 and hand signed by Andre Ma...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

French Abstract Surrealist Lithograph Andre Masson Mourlot Paris Limited Edition
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
This is from the suite by Jean Paul Sartre and Andre Masson, Limited edition of 175. published by Fernand Mourlot, 1961. The portfolio is numbered #29/175 and hand signed by Andre Ma...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

French Abstract Surrealist Lithograph Andre Masson Mourlot Paris Limited Edition
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
This is from the suite by Jean Paul Sartre and Andre Masson, Limited edition of 175. published by Fernand Mourlot, 1961. The portfolio is numbered #29/175 and hand signed by Andre Ma...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

French Abstract Surrealist Lithograph Andre Masson Mourlot Paris Limited Edition
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
This is from the suite by Jean Paul Sartre and Andre Masson, Limited edition of 175. published by Fernand Mourlot, 1961. The portfolio is numbered #29/175 and hand signed by Andre Ma...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

French Abstract Surrealist Lithograph Andre Masson Mourlot Paris Limited Edition
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
This is from the suite by Jean Paul Sartre and Andre Masson, Limited edition of 175. published by Fernand Mourlot, 1961. The portfolio is numbered #29/175 and hand signed by Andre Ma...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Portrait - Original Lithograph by André Masson - Late 20th Century
By André Masson
Located in Roma, IT
Portrait is an original lithograph realized by André Masson, signed on the plate, edition of 75, with the stamp of Dynamo Leige (Belgique) edition on the back. In excellent conditi...
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Late 20th Century Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Viviane French Original Surrealist Lithograph signed and numbered Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
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 ...
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1970s Surrealist Paintings

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Lithograph

French Abstract Surrealist Lithograph Andre Masson Mourlot Paris Limited Edition
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
This is from the suite by Jean Paul Sartre and Andre Masson, Limited edition of 175. published by Fernand Mourlot, 1961. The portfolio is numbered #29/175 and hand signed by Andre Ma...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

French Abstract Surrealist Lithograph Andre Masson Mourlot Paris Limited Edition
By André Masson
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
This is from the suite by Jean Paul Sartre and Andre Masson, Limited edition of 175. published by Fernand Mourlot, 1961. The portfolio is numbered #29/175 and hand signed by Andre Ma...
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20th Century Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Andre Masson Framed Lithograph "La Fabrication du Pain" 1965
By André Masson
Located in Sharon, CT
Original lithograph by the great French Painter Andre Masson(1896-1987). Marked in pencil H.C. lower left and signed lower right. Sight size: 28.5" x 20.5". Beautifully matted and fr...
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Vintage 1970s French Modern Prints

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Paper

"Dalila" from "Je Reve" portfolio, Original Color Lithograph by Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Dalila" is an original color lithograph by Andre Masson. This piece, which features an abstract, surreal woman, is from Masson's "Je Reve (I Dream)" portfolio. The artist signed the...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

1972 Andre Masson 'XXe Siecle no. 38' Expressionism Multicolor,Red Lithograph
By André Masson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 12.25 x 9.5 inches ( 31.115 x 24.13 cm ) Image Size: 12.25 x 9.5 inches ( 31.115 x 24.13 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Addi...
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1970s Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

"Satan" from "Je Reve" portfolio, Surrealist Lithograph signed by Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Satan" is an original color lithograph by Andre Masson. This piece is from the "Je Reve" (I Dream) portfolio of 1975. The edition number, written lower left, is H.C. XXV/XXV. The ar...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

"Venise en Fleurs" from "Je Reve," Surrealist Lithograph signed by Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Venise en Fleurs" is an original color lithograph by Andre Masson. This piece is from the "Je Reve" (I Dream) portfolio of 1975. The edition number, written lower left, is H.C. XXV/...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

"Le Philosophe Au Papillon," an Original Color Lithograph signed by André Masson
By André Masson
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Le Philosophe Au Papillon", from Je Reve (I Dream) Portfolio, is an original color lithograph signed in pencil lower right by French Surrealist artist Andre Masson. This is H.C. XXV...
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1970s Surrealist Portrait Prints

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Lithograph

"Le Prince Iris," Surrealist Lithograph from "Je Reve" portfolio by Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Le Prince Iris" is an original color lithograph by Andre Masson. The artist signed the piece lower right in pencil and wrote the edition number, H.C. XXV/XXV, lower left. This artwo...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

"La Naissance D'Eve," Surreal Lithograph from "Je Reve" signed by Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"La Naissance D'Eve" is an original color lithograph from the "Je Reve (I Dream)" portfolio by Andre Masson. The artist signed the piece lower right in pencil and wrote the edition n...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

"La Naissance D'Eve" from "Je Reve," Color Lithograph signed by Andre Masson
By André Masson
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"La Naissance D'Eve" is an original color lithograph by Andre Masson. This piece, depicting Adam and Eve, is from Masson's "Je Reve (I Dream)" portfolio, and is signed in pencil lowe...
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1970s Surrealist Figurative Prints

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Lithograph

Series of Nine Surrealist Erotic Lithographs by Andre Masson, Signed / Numbered
By André Masson
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A complete series of nine pencil-signed and numbered erotic lithographs by important French artist Andre Masson, mid-20th century. Each print is number 29 in an edition of 60. Prints...
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Mid-20th Century French Modern Prints

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Other

Andre Masson 80 Dessins 1922-1960 Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris
By André Masson
Located in Paonia, CO
Andre Masson 80 Dessins 1922-1960 Galerie Louise leiris 47 rue de Monceau Paris VIII 26 Octobre -26 Novembre 1960 published by Mourlot. Original lithograph poster with energeti...
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1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Andre Masson Exposition de ses œuvres récentes 1962-1968 à la Galerie Louise
By André Masson
Located in Paonia, CO
An original lithograph poster by French artist Andre Masson for Exposition de ses œuvres récentes 1962-1968 à la Galerie Louise ......exhibition of the recent works of Andre Masson ...
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1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

L'Estampe et le Suréalisme du Xv au Xx Siècle Andre Masson
By (After) Andre Masson
Located in Paonia, CO
Lithograph poster on paper issued in 1972 for the exhibition, L'Estampe et le Suréalisme du XV au XX siècle, at Vision Nouvelle. The image on the poster was created by French artist...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

"Le Philosophe au Papillon from Je Reve (I Dream) Portfolio," signed by Masson
By André Masson
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Le Philosophe au Papillon" is an original color lithograph from the Je Reve portfolio by surrealist artist Andre Masson. The artist signed the piece in the lower right in pencil and...
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1970s Surrealist Portrait Prints

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Lithograph

Sirenes, Hand-Signed, Limited Edition Lithograph
By André Masson
Located in New York, NY
Andre Masson, (French, 1896-1997) Le Sommeil, 1960 Hand-Signed Lithograph Japon paper 18 1/4 x 24 3/4 in
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1960s Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

San Marco Square, Venice - Original Handsigned Lithograph
By André Masson
Located in Paris, FR
André Masson San Marco Square, Venice Original lithograph Handsigned in pencil with his monogram On Chinese paper applied on vellum, 52,5 x 37,5 cm (c. 20,6 x 14,7 inch) Excellent ...
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1950s Modern Landscape Prints

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Lithograph

Venice Near San Marco - Original Handsigned Lithograph
By André Masson
Located in Paris, FR
André Masson Venice Near San Marco Original lithograph Handsigned in pencil with his monogram On Chinese paper applied on vellum, 52,5 x 37,5 cm (c. 20,6 x 14,7 inch) Excellent con...
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1950s Modern Landscape Prints

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Lithograph

Tintoretto's House in Venice - Original Handsigned Lithograph
By André Masson
Located in Paris, FR
André Masson Tintoretto's House in Venice Original lithograph Handsigned in pencil with his monogram On Chinese paper applied on vellum, 52,5 x 37,5 cm (c. 20,6 x 14,7 inch) Excell...
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1950s Modern Landscape Prints

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Lithograph

Water Nymph - Original lithograph (Mourlot - Cramer #60)
By André Masson
Located in Paris, FR
Andre MASSON Water Nymph, 1964 Original lithograph (Mourlot workshop) Printed monogram of the artist in the plate On vellum 32 x 24 cm (c. 13 x 10 in) REFERENCES : catalog raisonne...
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1960s Surrealist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Equestrian Statue of Colleoni, Venice - Original Handsigned Lithograph
By André Masson
Located in Paris, FR
André Masson Equestrian Statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni in the evening Original lithograph Handsigned in pencil with his monogram On Chinese paper applied on vellum, 52,5 x 37,5 cm (c...
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1950s Modern Landscape Prints

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Lithograph

Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, Venice - Original Handsigned Lithograph
By André Masson
Located in Paris, FR
André Masson Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, Venice Original lithograph Handsigned in pencil with the monogram On Chinese paper applied on vellum, 52,5 x 37,5 cm (c. 20,6 x 14,7 ...
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1950s Modern Landscape Prints

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Lithograph

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Andre Masson Lithographs For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a broad range of andre masson lithographs for sale on 1stDibs. There are many Surrealist, Abstract and Contemporary versions of these works for sale. There are many variations of these items available, from those made as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. You can search the andre masson lithographs that we have for sale on 1stDibs by color — popular works were created in bold and neutral palettes with elements of beige, gray, brown and pink. Frequently made by artists working in lithograph, offset print and paper, all of these available pieces are unique and have attracted attention over the years.

How Much are Andre Masson Lithographs?

The average selling price for andre masson lithographs we offer is $796, while they’re typically $200 on the low end and $9,950 for the highest priced.

André Masson Biography and Important Works

Born in 1896 in Balagny-sur- Thérain, a small village in France, André Masson spent most of his youth in Brussels, Belgium working as a pattern maker at an embroidery atelier. Masson began his schooling in 1907 at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. In 1912, he relocated to Paris, where he attended the École des Beaux-Arts. In 1914, the artist was called to military duty for the First World War, where he was severely wounded and sent back to Paris. Much of Masson’s work is influenced by this trauma; his drawings and paintings executed during the 1920s represent battle scenes, blood, death, birds and fish. The strange realities of trench warfare and the immediate contiguity of life and death are drawn upon, and his imagery suggests a confrontation of life at an abnormal level of experience. His signature style deals with violence, evident in terrifying, fragmented figures, which reflect the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and WWII, as well as his troubled psyche in the aftermath of his service in WWI.

After WWI, Masson moved to the South of France, where he met Juan Gris, André Derain, Joan Miró and André Breton. Breton championed the Surrealist Manifesto and Masson joined in the group exhibition of the first Surrealists. An iconoclast, whose abrupt stylistic transitions defy classification, Masson also explored automatism (automatic drawing), a process that sought to express the creative force of the unconscious. These automatic drawings had no preconceived subject or composition. Like a medium channeling a spirit, Masson let his pen travel rapidly across the paper without conscious control. He soon found hints of images, fragmented bodies and objects, emerging from the abstract, lacelike web of pen marks. At times, Masson elaborated on these with conscious changes or additions, but he left the traces of the rapidly drawn ink mostly intact. Masson’s oeuvre explores several techniques of painting, drawing and sculpture and displays rich, colorful abstraction as well as monochrome imagery and automatic linear representations. An early Surrealist and student of Cubism, Masson went on to inspire the New York Abstract Expressionists. Masson developed a technique of automatic painting that retained the element of chance; he dripped glue onto paper to form drawings and then covered it with sand. These ‘sand paintings’ are unquestionably his most iconic style.

When Masson emigrated to the U.S. in 1939, he strongly influenced several American painters with this technique, the most evident example being Jackson Pollack. After his time in America, he returned to Europe and while living in Spain during the mid-1930s, he became enraptured with Spanish themes—bullfights, matadors and Spanish mythology. Masson finally settled down in France (Aix-en-Provence), where he took up a late interest in impressionistic landscape, but he ultimately came to a place where he painted nearly exclusively abstract images. Masson dedicated his life as an artist to encouraging the non-rational purpose in art, to the direct transference of subconscious thought and to the primal forces of conflicts that he experienced in the trenches of World War One. Masson sought to convey in his work a deeper reality of man’s behavior, his own complex personal imagery, and his belief that painting is not a matter of developing style but a part of life itself.