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André Masson (1896 - 1987)

André Masson’s cover for the first issue of Acéphale. (1936). [Image link]


Under the German occupation of France during World War II, his work was condemned by the Nazis as degenerate. With the assistance of Varian Fry in Marseille, Masson escaped the Nazi regime on a ship to the French island of Martinique from where he went on to the United States. Upon arrival in New York City, U.S. customs officials inspecting Masson's luggage found a cache of his erotic drawings. Denouncing them as pornographic, they ripped them up before the artist's eyes. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%E9_Masson [Jul 2005]

see also: erotic art

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