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Ibdes in Aragon (Ibdès de Aragon)
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2021. Photo credit: Tate

Ibdes in Aragon (Ibdès de Aragon) 1935

André Masson (1896–1987)


(b Balagny, 4 Jan. 1896; d Paris, 28 Oct. 1987). French painter, printmaker, sculptor, stage designer, and writer, one of the major figures of Surrealism. During the First World War he was seriously wounded and deeply scarred emotionally. His pessimism was accompanied by a profound and troubled curiosity about the nature and destiny of man and an obscure belief in the mysterious unity of the universe; he devoted the whole of his artistic activity to penetrating and expressing this belief.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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