Artist Profile

Andre Masson

Born 1896, Died 1987
The French painter, printmaker and stage designer André Masson was born in Balagne, Corsica. When his family moved to Brussels he began his studies at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts et l'Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. He went to Paris for further study but in 1915 enlisted and he was badly wounded. After his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Simon, Paris in 1923 he joined the Surrealists. Expelled from the Surrealist group in 1929, Masson spent time in Provence and Spain and undertook his first designs for the stage, including sets and costumes for the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. He returned to Paris in 1937 and was reconciled with Breton. Masson lived and painted in New York during World War II and returned to France in 1946. In 1955 he won he Grand Prix National and in 1965 painted the ceiling of the Odéon Theatre in Paris.
Artworks by this Artist
View All Artworks by this Artist
Ferner Key