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Glasses and Architectures (Verres et architectures)

André Masson

European Art

Two goblets arranged within an enigmatic architectural framework anchor this still life, which also features an androgynous torso passing beyond the right edge of the canvas and other fragmented human forms. The year he painted this work, André Masson would join the Surrealists, whose art sought to blur the boundary between dream and reality.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1924
    DIMENSIONS 15 x 18 in. (38.1 x 45.7 cm) frame: 19 11/16 × 23 × 2 in. (50 × 58.4 × 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "André Masson"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2004.37.3
    CREDIT LINE Gift of The Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver Foundation
    PROVENANCE Prior provenance not yet documented; after 1940, acquired or exhibited by Galerie Louis Leiris, Paris, France, no. 10583; between 1951 and 1955, acquired or exhibited by Curt Valentin Gallery, New York, NY, no. 14772; between 1950 and 1992, acquired or exhibited by Saidenberg Gallery, New York, NY; before 1992, acquired or exhibited by Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland, no. 2053; by 1992, acquired by Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver of New York, NY; June 17, 2004, gift of the Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver Foundation to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CAPTION André Masson (French, 1896–1987). Glasses and Architectures (Verres et architectures), 1924. Oil on canvas, 15 x 18 in. (38.1 x 45.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver Foundation, 2004.37.3. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2004.37.3_SL3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2004.37.3_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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