1896 b. January 4th. at Balagny, Oise.
1903-1911 Family moves to Lille.
1912 Studies fresco under Paul Baudouin -> at the Ecole des Beaux Arts.
1914 - Travels to Italy and Switzerland.
1915 - 1917 Serves as an infantry soldier in the First World War.
1917 April; seriously wounded in the battle of the Somme.
1918 Incarcerated in a mental hospital, discharged just before the armistice.
1919 Starts to paint again - settles for a time in Ceret.
1920 Returns to Paris with Odette Cabale, now his wife.
Befriends artists and writers over the next few years.
1921 - 1922 Moves to 45 rue Blomet - Joan Miro has adjoining studio.
1922 visited in his studio by Jean Dubuffet.
Meets Antonin Artaud .
Guitar and Profile
1923 advises Joan Miro: Picabia is passe; Breton is the future.
1924 Feb. Andre Breton purchases his The Four Seasons
Avant-garde poets and writers gather in his studio at 45 Rue Blomet.
Max Jacob, Michel Leiris, Georges Limbour, Benjamin Peret,
Armand Salacrou and Roland Tual, Georges Bataille.
First one man show at Galerie Simon (owned by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler).
Meets Andre Breton
L-R Georges Malkine, Andre Masson , Andre Breton, Max Morise, Georges Neveux.
1925 Signed the Declaration of January 27 1925.
Work included in an exhibition at Galerie Pierre.
1926 Galerie Surrealiste opens, including works by Masson.
Spends time at Sanary, developing sand paintings.
1927 Rents house in Avenue de Segur, Paris.
Portrait -> of Andre Breton
Realises first sculpture in plaster with advice from Alberto Giacometti.
Signs Manifesto Hands Off Love in defense of Charlie Chaplin.
Publishes his illustrated book Histoire de l'oeil with includes a manuscript
by Georges Bataille.
The book is dedicated to Robert Chatte ->.
1928 Starts to distance himself from Surrealism.
Illustrates Le con d'Irene -> for Louis Aragon.
1929 Rupture with Andre Breton.
1930 Exhibitions at Surindependents and Gallery of Living Art (New York).
Friendship with Luis Bunuel.
1931 Much of the year spent at Grasse.
1932 Meets Henri Matisse.
1933 Designs sets and costumes for Les Presages.
1934 Leaves for Spain with Rose Makles sister of Silvia Makles, wife of Georges Bataille.
Settles at Tossa de Mar. Exhibition at Galerie Simon.
Marries Rose in December.
1935 Birth of Diego Masson in June.
1936 Renewal of friendship with Andre Breton.
June; Exhibits at the International Surrealist Exhibition in London.
Birth of Luis Masson. Returns to France on the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.
Drew the cover of the first issue of Georges Bataille's review, Acephale.
1937 Beginning of second "surrealist period".
1938 Participates in Exposition Internationale du Surrealisme in Paris, with
Metamorphose des amants ~> and a mannequin ~>, photographed here by Raoul Ubac.
1940 Included in the International Surrealist Exhibition, Mexico City.
Jan./Feb. Hiding with Rose and their children on the Estate of Comtesse Lily Pastre in
Marseille together with Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Pablo Casals and Josephine Baker.
One of the visitors to Villa Air-Bel on Sundays. Draws some of the cards for the Marseille Card Game
together with Andre Breton, Oscar Dominguez, Victor Brauner, Max Ernst,
Jacques Herold, Wifredo Lam, Jacqueline Lamba; (Frederic Delanglade not used).
1941 With the assistance of Varian Fry and CAS leaves with Rose for America in April by ship
On arrival Five of his drawings were destroyed by the US customs on grounds of obscenity.
Lives in New York until June when he moves to Connecticut.
Influences Jackson Pollock ->.
1942 Included in "First Papers of Surrealism" exhibition organized by Andre Breton and Marcel Duchamp.
1943 Curt Valentin? acts as Masson's dealer in New York.
1945 Exhibitions at Whitney and Bucholz galleries.
Returns to France to live with Rose's sister, Simon.
1947 Family settles at Le Tholonet, near Aix-en-Provence.
1948 The Red lands and the Montagne Sainte Victoire
1951 Visits Venice.
1952 Writes "Monet le Fondateur" in Verve.
1953 Moves to "Les Cigales", Tholonet. Travels to Rome.
1956 Exhibition at Galerie Lucien Blanc.
Publication of Metamorphose de l'artiste.
1956-1957 Spends winter in Paris.
1961 Arrested for activity relating to struggle for Algerian independence.
1965 Retrospective at Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris.
Paints the ceiling of the Odeon (Theatre de France).
1976 Publication of the anthology Le rebelle du surrealisme.
Illustrates Meta.Morphosis for Arturo Schwartz.
1979 Drawing in Aix. Restarts painting.
1980 No longer able to walk. Stops painting.
1986 Death of Rose, August 13th. Visits Rome.
1987? d. October 28 in Paris.
See wiki -> and Tate ->.
See Andre Masson: Surrealist, Survivor, Sage ->.
See Inside / Outside Surrealism.