Andre Masson

Biography

Andre Masson (1896-1987) is a French, sculptor, illustrator and painter. He started studying art at the age of 11 at Academie des Beaux-Arts, then at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. At the age of 16, he won the Grand Prix de l’Academie for painting.

He often painted still life, card players, forests and experimented with automatic drawing. He was also part of the Surrealist movement between 1924-1929. Later in life, he experimented with sand paintings and painted violent and erotic human forms. After living in the United States between 1941-1945, he returned to France and painted landscapes and other abstract objects.

He has had multiple exhibitions at notable museum across the world, including: Centre Pompidou (Paris), Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Akademie der Kuenste (Berlin).