André Masson
The Red Lands and the Montagne Sainte Victoire 1948

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André Masson 1896–1987
The Red Lands and the Montagne Sainte Victoire
Les Terres rouges et la Montagne Ste Victoire
Date 1948
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 966 x 765 x 23 mm
frame: 1195 x 962 x 100 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1955
Not on display

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When the Surrealist movement was launched in Paris in 1924, Masson was one of the original painters in the group. His subject is the mountain outside Aix-en-Provence, which Cézanne had painted many times some fifty years earlier. But rather than a literal depiction, it serves here as the impetus for a sense of bursting energy. Masson was a leading practitioner of the Surrealist technique of ‘automatic’ painting, in which conscious control over the movement of the hand is suppressed so that the subconscious mind may take over.

August 2011

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