French, 20th century, male.
Born 4 January 1896, in Balagny (Oise); died 28 October 1987, in Paris.
Painter (including gouache), draughtsman, sculptor, engraver, illustrator. Stage sets.
Paris Surrealist group.
André Masson came from the region of Compiègne, Beauvais and Senlis. His father sold wallpaper. He lived in Balagny until the age of eight. Following a short stay in Lille his father's work took the family to Brussels, where he attended school until the age of 12. He then became an apprentice, working in the afternoons as a draughtsman in an embroidery studio and studying at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in the mornings and evenings....