Brands’ main artistic obsessions were ephemeral masks, most of which only exist today via the performative photographs snapped of the objects in action. The reasoning behind Brands and others’ immense fascination with masks was outlined by the Helhesten artists in their “New Realism” manifesto: “Primitive peoples … in order to express psychic experiences in dramatic form … bring before the face a mask, which is something wholly different than a face. A totally new creature comes into being, neither animal nor human, created by the artist’s fantasy and in accord with human psychic needs.”

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Priscilla Frank
The Huffington Post

Eugène Brands by Frits
Lemaire, 1947
Photo courtesy:
Frits Lemaire/MAI