Andre Masson

16 05 2015

So much of his work is fueled by horror. And horror with a cause.

When war was declared he volunteered because he wanted to experience “the Wagnerian aspects of battle”[1] and know the ecstasy of death. [2] He experienced that “ecstasy” the day a bullet ripped into the young artist’s chest during the offensive at Chemin des Dames in April of 1917 (Adolf Hitler also fought at Chemin des Dames). Stretcher-bearers were unable to get him to safety and he was left for the night, half-dead, on his back, where he was a submissive spectator of the struggle, gazing at the conflict overhead. Masson had spent three years in the trenches in conditions so horrible he was unable to speak of them for years, and his wounds caused him psychic trouble to the end of his life.

This is an artist whose nightmares seemed to breed nightmares. Creating more and more horrors. Many of his paintings reflect this horror. And I can’t help but wonder if Hitler too had such nightmares. Masson’s work might reflect the landscape of Hitler’s fears. And the fears of many others who survived the killing field.



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