This poster was printed in lithography for an exhibition of Andre Masson's works at the Louise Leiris gallery in Paris in 1960.
Masson was the foremost practitioner of automatic writing, which, when applied to drawing, was a form of spontaneous composition intended to express impulses and images arising directly from the unconscious. A natural draftsman, he used sinuous, expressive lines to delineate biomorphic forms that border on the totally abstract.
From around 1926 Andre Masson experimented by throwing sand and glue onto canvas and making oil paintings based around the shapes that formed. By the end of the 1920s, however, he was finding automatic drawing rather restricting, and he left the surrealist movement and turned instead to a more structured style, often producing works with a violent or erotic theme.
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