Surrealist André Masson (born on this day in 1896) used the method of automatic drawing—spontaneous doodles that sit on the edge of legibility—as a starting point for more developed compositions. Here, a seemingly random circular design becomes a sinister trap, poised to snare the unsuspecting beast within.
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“Animal Caught in a Trap,” 1929, by André Masson. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris