André Masson, French, 1896 - 1987. Frame made by Pierre Legrain, French, 1889 - 1929.
Like many Surrealist painters, André Masson was drawn to the shadowy obscurity of Picasso and Braque's early Cubist paintings, which held the promise of an art that could release the imagination from all restraint. Painted with the somber palette and geometric scaffolding of Analytic Cubism, Italian Postcard consists of a highly abstracted, picture postcard scene of an Italian seaside resort, whose shallow illusionary space is created through an accumulation of disrupted planes and linear elements, redolent of open water. The placement of a wineglass in front of this sea view recalls Juan Gris's similar blending of interior and exterior elements in his paintings featuring open windows.