Mythologies - André Masson
A pagan-themed limited edition art folio book by a well-known French artist of the 20th century. André Masson (1896-1987) is considered the bridge between Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. He was a noted proponent of automatic art, in which the hand is allowed to move freely across the canvas without a conscious plan in order to uncover thoughts and images from the unconscious mind. This work issues a collection of his drawings on themes of nature, heroism, humanity, love and suffering, showing a pagan sensibility, with many of them interweaving trees, skies, and human forms. A rare and special item.
Paris: Editions de la Revue Fontaine, 946. Limited edition, this copy number 316 of 550 copies on Rives paper. 78 pages.
Condition Original grey card wrappers, titled and illustrated to front panel, some wear to extremities, chipping and fraying to the edges of the wraps, the spine panel has come away, revealing the stitching, nevertheless a strong copy of a fragile book. Internally clean and bright, edges untrimmed. A large part of the striking nature of the interior is due to the fact that the page edges have never been cut, thus between 1946 and now, the book has never actually been read. A rare occurrence.