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Series of Nine Surrealist Erotic Lithographs by Andre Masson, Signed / Numbered

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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 with archival hanging mounts in attached mats. Compositions measure 8 3/4" x 11 7/8", mats measure 16" x 19". Artist's biography: Born in 1896 in Balagny-sur-Therain, a small village in France, André Masson spent the majority of his youth in Brussels, Belgium working as a pattern maker at an embroidery atelier. Masson began his schooling in 1907 at the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. In 1912 he relocated to Paris, where he attended the Ecole 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 clearly influenced by this trauma; his drawings and paintings executed during the 1920’s 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 personal 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 own troubled psyche in the aftermath of his service in WWI. After WWI he moved to the South of France where he met Juan Gris, André Derain, Joan Miro 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 explore 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 in order 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 American he returned to Europe and while living in Spain during the mid-1930s, he become enraptured with Spanish themes—bullfights, matadors, Spanish mythology. Masson finally settled down in France (Aix-en-Provenance), 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 behaviour, his own complex personal imagery, and his belief that painting is not a matter of developing style but a part of life itself.

Details

  • Creator
    André Masson (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Width: 19 in. (48.26 cm)Depth: .13 in. (3.31 mm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Mid-20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. In excellent original condition, some minor evidence of handling to mats, lithographs in near-perfect condition with vibrant colors. Prints are professionally archivally mounted.
  • Seller Location
    Lambertville, NJ
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 10251stDibs: LU1308220200592

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