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The Industrial Beast (La Bête industrielle), Plate IX from "Bestiary (Bestiaire)"

Accession Number
1956/1.43

Title
The Industrial Beast (La Bête industrielle), Plate IX from "Bestiary (Bestiaire)"

Artist(s)
André Masson

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1945

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

Dimensions
16 in x 12 in (40.64 cm x 30.48 cm);16 in x 12 in (40.64 cm x 30.48 cm);22 1/8 in x 18 1/8 in (56.2 cm x 46.04 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Label copy
This is one of twelve lithographs that comprise the Masson’s antiwar portfolio Bestiaire. From exile in Connecticut, the artist composed powerful images accompanied by crisp captions that castigate the bestiality to which World War II reduced humankind and criticize social ills pervading Western civilization. Plate IX is a horrific nightmarish scene in which a threatening form, suggesting the annihilating capacity of industry, looms over skulls.
Masson’s friend Georges Duthuit wrote the introduction; the lithographs were pulled by master printer George Miller. The book was published by Masson’s dealer Curt Valentin in New York.
Label copy from exhibition "Dreamscapes: The Surrealist Impulse," August 22 - October 25, 1998

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Figures
Surrealism
faces
fragment
head
heads (animal components)
modern and contemporary art

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