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André Masson (French, 1896-1987)

French painter, draughtsman, printmaker and stage designer. His work played an important role in the development of surrealism and abstract expressionism. Masson was admitted to the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts et l'Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Brussels at the age of 11. Through his teacher Constant Montald, he met the Belgian poet Emile Verhaeren (1855-1916), who persuaded Masson's parents to send him to Paris for further training. Masson joined the French infantry in 1915 and fought in the battles of the Somme; he was gravely wounded, and his wartime experiences engendered in him a profound philosophy about human destiny and stimulated his search for a personal imagery of generation, eclosion and metamorphosis.

Andre Masson. le Soleil

Le Soleil
Original lithograph
printed in colours by Mourlot for Verve
signed and dated '38 in the stone
35.5 x 26 cm.
the full sheet printed in colours to the edges

(within mount)

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