André Masson born 1896 [- 1987]
T00073 Les Terres rouges et la Montagne Ste Victoire
(The Red Lands and the Montagne Ste Victoire) 1948
Inscribed 'André Masson' b.l.
Oil on canvas, 37 3/4 x 30 1/8 (96 x 76.5)
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1955
Prov: With Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris (purchased from the artist 1948); with Mayor Gallery, London, 1949; through Leicester Galleries, London; CAS 1950
Exh: 14 Paintings, Mayor Gallery, London, November 1949 (6); In Paris now, Leicester Galleries, London, April 1950 (16); Some Recent Purchases of the CAS, Arts Council touring exhibition, May 1951-January 1952 (32); Retrospective Exhibition of Works from 1930 to 1955 by André Masson, Leicester Galleries, London, April-May 1955 (15); CAS: The First Fifty Years 1910-1960, Tate Gallery, April-May 1960 (156)
Repr: The Tate Gallery: Report, 1955-6 (London 1956), between pp.22 and 23
Masson settled at Aix-en-Provence in October 1947 in a house in the Route du Tholonet facing the Montagne Ste Victoire, and in the next years painted a number of pictures inspired by what remains of unspoilt nature in the area.
The present work, which the artist says shows the mountain from the Route du Tholonet, may be compared with several paintings by Cézanne of rather similar views (e.g. Venturi, Cézanne, Nos.663, 666, 764, 766).
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.490, reproduced p.490