The Museum of Avant-garde

André Masson

France (1896—1987)
After studying art in Brussels and Paris, Masson started painting but was called to the front and was severely wounded. After WWI he was noted by André Breton, who introduced him to Surrealism. Masson absorbed the ‘automatic writing’ approach and converted it into drawings and paintings, making it one of his most distinctive traits. From 1934 he moved to Spain but with the political climate at the onset of WWII, he fled and settled in US. His abstract style is said to have influenced Pollock and have contributed to set the foundations for Abstract Expressionism.