André Masson is barely known to most of surrealism’s fans, at least on these shores, even though movement mastermind André Breton considered him the quintessential surrealist artist. Masson had a profound impact on American abstract expressionism — and, most to the point, he sure could conjure up a potent picture. Cozy and weird, elegant and creepy, poised and furious, Masson’s artworks weave in and out of the recognizable and the inchoate, the nightmarish and the lyrical, the spontaneous and the painstaking. Masson’s primary weapon was his virtuosic line, but he also wielded a supple palette and a fluid, almost magical sense of imagery. The selection of Masson masterworks currently on view, going back to his cubist days, doesn’t even scratch the surface of this quietly mercurial artist, but it’s such a good little array that it leaves you gasping for more.André Masson at Trigg Ison Fine Art, 511 N. Robertson Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. by appt.; thru Nov. 24. (310) 274-8047.
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