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LE VIOL or LA CHUTE
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In the 1930s, Masson’s subjects turned almost exclusively to violent themes. This was certainly partly due to the political unrest in Europe, and the looming possibility of war, which was finally to come about in 1939, the year this work was painted. In the early 1930s, he concentrated on a series known as the Massacres in which turbulent subject matter was combined with strong colours to create a violent visual impact. Masson left France for Spain in 1934 after the Fascist riots broke out in Paris in February of that year. He saw Spain as an idyllic country that would provide respite from the turmoil at home. Unfortunately, Spain’s tranquillity was soon disrupted by civil war and Masson returned to Paris in 1936, profoundly affected by these events.\nBy the time the present work was painted, the artist’s palette had become almost acidic and his subjects were exclusively linked to violence and murder. In this painting, a woman is seen violently falling or being pushed off a chair; her intestines are portrayed on fire at the pivotal point of the composition, and the background is lit up by a sharp yellow light that suggests explosion. The two titles for this work La Chute or Le Viol (The Fall or The Rape) suggest layers of interpretation in the image of the woman. The milk from her breast suggests pregnancy and birth – which is often seen as the first fall of man.\n\nThis work has been requested for the exhibition Les Années 1930. Utopies et réalité to be held at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa from June to September 2006.\nSigned André Masson (lower right)
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medium

Oil on canvas

creator

André Masson

dimensions

33 by 41cm.

exhibition

Paris, Artcurial, L'Aventure surréaliste autour d'André Breton, 1986, illustrated in the catalogue Bern, Kunstmuseum, Masson, Massaker, Metamorphosen, Mythologien, 1996, no. 31, illustrated in the catalogue Koblenz, Ludwig Museum, André Masson, Rebell des Surrealismus, 1998, no. 48, illustrated in the catalogue St. Petersburg, Florida, Salvador Dalí Museum, André Masson: the 1930s, 1999-2000, no. 38, illustrated in colour in the catalogue Darmstadt, Institut Mathildenhöhe, André Masson, Vues du labyrinthe de l'âme, 2003, illustrated in the catalogue Madrid, Musée Reina Sofia, André Masson, 2004, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

literature

Michel Leiris and Georges Limbourg, André Masson et son univers, Paris, 1947, illustrated Jean-Paul Clébert, Mythologie d'André Masson, Geneva, 1971, no. 119, illustrated p. 56

provenance

Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Paris Galerie Cazeau-Béraudière, Paris Acquired from the above by the present owner

signedDate

Signed André Masson (lower right)

time_period

Painted in 1939.

consignmentDesignation

Property from a Private French Collection

creator_nationality_dates

1896 - 1987


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