Title of Work
Le Fil d’ Ariane (from For Meyer Schapiro: A portfolio of twelve signed prints by twelve artists)
Date of Work
Etching and aquatint
19 3/4" (framed)
15 3/4" (framed)
Published by The Committee to Endow a Chair in Honor of Meyer Schapiro (1904-1996) at Columbia University.
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
Masson was an important French painter, whose career emerged during the formative years of the Surrealist movement. He was an abstract surrealist who relied on automatist methods. During the Second World War, Masson spent several years in exile in the United States, where he had a solo show at the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1941, as well as exhibiting in New York and elsewhere. The notable Art critic Clement Greenberg (1909-1994) felt that Masson and his art had considerable influence on the emergence of Abstract Expressionism in New York.
This artwork is from a portfolio of original prints published in recognition of Meyer Schapiro (1904-1996), a distinguished art historian who was very much appreciated by major contemporary artists of his day.
In 1974, a committee was formed to establish a Chair in Art History at Columbia University in Schapiro's honor. The portfolio, published in an edition of 100, was produced to raise funds to support the Chair. UND’s set of portfolio prints are numbered 71/100.