Collection

André Masson
French, 1896-1987

Les Cometes, 1943
Tempera and sand on canvas
Purchase, Matthew Vassar Fund
1949.3.2
Period: 20th c
Classification: Painting
Dimensions: Framed: 19 5/8 x 17 x 2 1/4 in. (49.85 x 43.18 x 5.72 cm) Unframed: 14 x 11 1/4 in. (35.56 x 28.58 cm)
Signatures, Inscriptions and Markings v
Signed (LC): Andre Masson
(back of frame): (paper label, typed in black and then inked over and crossed out) BUCHHOLZ GALLERY/CURT VALENTIN/32 EAST 57th STREET, NEW YORK (and title, date, artist, medium)
Provenance v
Purchased 1949 by VC Art Gallery from Pierre Matisse Gallery
Published References v
Claflin, Agnes Rindge, “Collecting Art for Vassar,” Vassar Quarterly 36, no. 5 (May 1951), p. 5, repr.; Flying Tigers: Painting and Sculpture in new York 1939-1946 (Providence: Bell Gallery, Brown University, 1985), p. 70, repr.; Balderrama, Maria, ed., Wifredo Lam and His Contemporaries 1938-1952 (New York: The Studio Museum in Harlem, 1992), p. 55, repr. no. 66.; Schwartz, Constance, and Franklin Hill Perrell, Surrealism (Roslyn Harbor: Nassau County Museum of Art, 2000), p. 17, repr. p. 47.; Nobuyuki, Okabe, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College," (Japan: Yamagata Museum of Art, 2008) Cat. no. 27, p. 72; Malloy, Vanja V. "Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein" (Mead Art Museum, Amherst College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018) p. 153, repr. 38;
Exhibition History v
Japan, Shimane Art Museum, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," March 7 - May 11, 2008. Cat. no. 27, p 72. Japan, Ishibashi Museum of Art, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," May 17 - July 20, 2008. Cat. no. 27, p 72. Japan, Yamagata Museum of Art, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," July 30 - August 31, 2008. Cat. no. 27, p. 72. Japan. Fuchu Art Museum, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," September 6 - November 3, 2008. Cat. no. 27, p. 72. Japan, Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum, "Paris--New York; Modern Paintings in 19th and 20th Century Master Works from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York," November 14 - December 14, 2008. Cat. 27, p. 72. Madrid, Spain, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, "Andre Masson" Jan. 13 - April 19, 2004. Roslyn, New York, Nassau Country Museum of Art, "Surrealism: A Cross Cultural Perspective," September 29-January 14, 2001. University Park, Pennsylvania State University, “Surrealism, a Celebration: Exhibition of Surrealist Art,” November 7-23, 1974. Cat. no. 42. Providence, Bell Gallery, Brown University, “Flying Tigers: Painting and Sculpture in New York 1939-1946,” April 26-May 27, 1985. Cat. no. 143, repr. (Worcester, Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross (?); Southampton, NY, The Parrish Art Museum, June 9-July 28, 1985.) Harlem, The Studio Museum, “Wifredo Lam and His Contemporaries 1938-1952,” December 6, 1992-April 11, 1993. Cat no. 66, repr. Roslyn Harbor, Nassau CountyMuseum of Art, “Surrealism,” September 29, 2000-January 14, 2001. Cat. no. 49, repr.
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