1903-1911 - Family moves to Lille
1912 - Studies fresco under Paul Baudouin at the Ecole des Beaux Arts
1914 - Travels to Italy and Switzerland
1915-1917 - Serves as an infantry soldier in the First World War and is
involved in some of the worst fighting. In April 1917 is seriously wounded
in the battle of the Somme
1918 - Incarcerated in a mental hospital and discharged in 1918, just before
1919 - Starts to paint again - settles for a time in Ceret
1920 - Returns to Paris with Odette Cabale, now his wife. Makes friends with
artists and writers over the next few years
1921-1922 - Moves to 45 rue Blomet - Miro has adjoining studio
1922-1923 - Paints landscapes - rue Blomet becomes centre of a group of
young artists including Leiris, Salacrou, Limbour and Artaud.
1924 - First one man show at Galerie Simon (owned by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler). Meets
1925 - Work included in an exhibition at Galerie Pierre
1926 - Galerie Surrealiste opens, including works by Masson. Spends time
at Sanary, developing sand paintings
1927 - Rents house in Avenue de Segur, Paris. Realises first sculpture in plaster
with advice from Giacometti
1928 - Starts to distance himself from Surrealism
1929 - Rupture with Breton
1930 - Exhibitions at Surindependents and Gallery of Living Art (New York)
1931 - Much of the year spent at Grasse
1932 - Meets Matisse
1933 - Designs sets and costumes for Les Presages
1934 - Leaves for Spain with Rose Makles. Settles at Tossa de Mar. Exhibition
at Galerie Simon. Marries Rose in December
1935 - Birth of Diego Masson in June
1936 - Renewal of friendship with Andre Breton. Exhibits fourteen works at the
International Surrealist Exhibition in London, June 1936. Birth of Luis Masson. Return to France
on outbreak of Spanish Civil War
1937 - Beginning of second "surrealist period"
1938 - Participates in Exposition Internationale du Surrealisme in Paris, January
1939 - Outbreak of war
1940 - Included in International Surrealist Exhibition, Mexico City, January-February.
1941 - Receives US visa and leaves for America in March. Five drawings
destroyed by US customs on grounds of obscenity. Lives in New York until
June when he moves to Connecticut
1942 - Included in "First Papers of Surrealism" exhibition organised by
Breton and Duchamp
1943 - Curt Valentin acts as Masson's dealer in New York
1944 - Included in several group exhibitions
1945 - Exhibitions at Whitney and Bucholz galleries. Return to France
to live with Rose's sister, Simon
1946 - One-man exhibition at Palais des Beaux Arts
1947 - Family settles at Le Tholonet, near Aix-en-Provence
1948 - Exhibition at Galerie Louise Leiris
1949 - Exhibition "Terre Erotique" at Place Vendome is closed by the police
1950 - Exhibition "Andre Masson and Alberto Giacometti" at Kunsthalle, Basel
1951 - Visits Venice
1952 - Writes "Monet le Fondateur" in Verve
1953 - Moves to "Les Cigales", Tholonet. Travels to Rome
1954 - Exhibits six works at Venice Biennale. Wins Grand Prix National for Painting
1955 - Retrospective at Leicester Galleries, London.
1956 - Exhibition at Galerie Lucien Blanc.
Publication of Metamorphose de l'artiste
1956-1957 - Spends winter in Paris
1957 - Radio interviews
1958 - Retrospective of engravings by L'Albertina, Vienna. One-man show at
Saidenberg Gallery, New York. More than 30 works at Venice Biennale.
Retrospective at Marlborough Fine Art, London. Exhibition at Edgardo Acosto Gallery, Beverly Hills
1959 - Retrospective at Galleria Bussola, Turin
1960 - One-man show at Svensk-Franska Gallery, Stockholm. Included in
International Surrealist Exhibition, New York
1961 - Arrested for activity relating to struggle for Algerian
1962 - One-man show at Marlborough Fine Art, London
1963 - Moves Paris home to 56 Rue de Sevigne. Exhibition at Galerie Gerard Cramer, Geneva.
1964 - Retrospective at Akademie der Kunst, Berlin
1965 - Restrospective at Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris. Paints the ceiling of the Odeon (Theatre de France)
1967 - Drawings at the Musee National d'Art Moderne
1968 - Exhibition at Galerie Louise Leiris
1970 - One-man show at Galleria Schwarz, Milan
1973 - Exhibition of recent paintings at Galerie Louise Leiris
1976 - Retrospective at MOMA, New York then to Houston and Paris. First retrospective of drawings at Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Publication of the anthology Le rebelle du surrealisme
1978 - Works on drawings and prints. Stops painting
1979 - Drawing in Aix. Restarts painting
1980 - No longer able to walk. Stops painting
1986 - Death of Rose, 13 August. Visits Rome
1987 - Retrospective at Hayward Gallery, London.
Dies October 28 in Paris
1995 - "Andre Masson"
April - May 1995
The Mayor Gallery
1996 - "Andre Masson Work of the Forties"
12 September - 19 October 1996
23 East 73d Street, New York, New York 10021
1996 - "Andre Masson"
13 September - 30 November 1996
Galerie Guy Baertschi
2, Rue Etienne-Dumont, CH-1024, Geneve
(main chronology based on "Masson", Dawn Ades)