André Masson

Born in Balagny-sur-Thérain on January the 4th 1896 and dead in Paris on October 28th 1987, André Masson is a french painter of the surrealist movement, from the beginning of the 1920s to the end of the 1950s.

Especially famous for his automatic drawings and his sand paintings, Masson is the creator of a multiform work, marked with the "metamorphosis spirit" and the "mythical invention". Masson influenced abstract expressionism, particularly artists as Jackson Pollock or Arshile Gorky.

Masson was first interested with dadaist manifestations, before he met André Breton and joined the Surrealists in 1924. Masson left the movement in 1929 because of a dispute with Breton.

In 1941, Masson moved to the United States to escape the war, where he met again André Breton. In 1945, Masson returned for good to France, where he painted the roof of the Odeon Theatre in 1965.