Andre Masson (French, 1896-1897)

Flying fish

Pen and ink on paper

Signed ‘Andre Masson ‘lower right’ in pencil

10.1/5 x 8.1/8 in. (26.7 x 21 cm.)

Provenance: Sir Charles Irving MP, Andre Masson was a French painter who had fought for France in World War 1 and was seriously injured.

His early works displayed interest in Cubism but he later became interested in Surrealism (both styles come through in this work). He experimented with altered states of consciousness with artists such as Miro, Dubuffet and Malquine who were neighbours of his studio in Paris. In World War II he was condemned by the Nazis as a degenerate and escaped to the French island of Martinique and then the USA. He became a very important influence on Jackson Pollock