André Masson: Sketcher of the Surreal

Furious Suns (1925)

Andre Masson was one of the great minds of surrealism. Unlike the painful detail of Max Ernst’s or Salvador Dali’s paintings, Masson drew, and he drew beautifully. Most people think surrealism is limited to detailed representations of the inner psyche of the artist, through impressively large paintings. However, through Masson’s work, one can truly appreciate the beautiful, simple lines ofpen and ink. However, there has been no compromise on the complexity of the drawings.

For example, Furious Suns (1925). Barely noticeable suns are represented by circles, comprising of small lines, while the rays, shown as straight lines seem to almost connect each part of the figures, a blending of body parts, fabrics and more, all which seem to be suspended. 

A particularly interesting piece of his is The Great Lady (1937) which is done in sand, pebbles, seashells and coral. It forms the abstract figure of a woman, with a feather on her head. The incorporation of things such as feathers was a first, however, not for the worst.

Masson was one of the leading figures of surrealism. One need only glance at his beautiful, delicate and complex work to see that.