Artist of the moment…….Andre Masson

 

Andre Masson was a French painter who was renown for his abstract and surrealist style of paintings. Andre Masson was born in Balagny-sur-Therain, France in the year 1896.

Masson grew up in Belgium and began classes at the Academy of Art in Brussels, Belgium when he was only 11 years of age.

Among the most fascinating habits of the artist, Masson would go for hours without food or sleep and sometimes take drugs to enhance his artistic output.

Masson was in France during World War 2 when it became occupied by the Germans. Masson left the country and would eventually find his way to the United States. When he came to enter the United States agents saw his erotic drawings, called them porn, and tore them up in front of him.

Masson served in World War 1 and was hurt  badly.

Over his lengthy career the artist worked as a theater set designer.

In this clip we view a wonderful montage of artworks by Andre Masson:

Price range information: Masson worked as a printmaker and etchings and lithographs can be found starting at $3,000. Masson was a prolific artist when it comes to output and worked in many mediums including watercolor, gouache, oils, ink, and pastel. Works can reach $400,000.

Andre Masson passed away in 1987.

What stands out to me from Andre Masson is a spectacular use of color.

D

 

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