Andre Masson: Master of Surrealist Automatism

January 28, 2023
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Andre Masson was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1896. He began his artistic career as a painter and quickly became involved in the Surrealist movement in the 1920s. He was heavily influenced by the theories of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, and his work often explored the unconscious mind and the power of the imagination.

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One of Masson's most famous works is his use of the technique of automatism, which is a method of creating art through spontaneous, subconscious action. He applied this technique to his paintings, drawings, and collages, and his work often featured disturbing and dreamlike imagery.

One of his most famous works is "Battle of Fishes" (1926) which is a painting that depicts a chaotic, violent scene of fish fighting against each other. The painting is considered an expression of the violence and chaos in the world. Another famous work is "The Cyclops" (1944) which is a painting that depicts a one-eyed giant, the painting is an exploration of the human psyche and the subconscious mind.

Andre Masson: Master of Surrealist Automatism


  • 1896: Born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1924: Became associated with the Surrealist movement
  • 1926: "Battle of Fishes" painting was created
  • 1944: "The Cyclops" painting was created
  • 1987: Died in Paris, France

Andre Masson was a master of Surrealist automatism and a major influence on the Surrealist movement. His work continues to be highly influential and is considered an important part of the history of art. His exploration of the unconscious mind and the power of the imagination through his use of automatism, have been an inspiration for many contemporary artists. His work continues to be a subject of interest for scholars, art historians and art lovers.

Andre Masson was a French artist known for his contributions to the Surrealist movement, particularly in the realm of automatism. This blog post will provide an introduction to Masson's life and work, including a timeline of his career and a discussion of some of his most notable works.