HENRI MASSON - BIOGRAPHY
Henri Masson was born in Spy, Belgium. At age of 13 he undertook art studies at the Athéné royal in Brussels. From then on, all his leisure time was devoted to drawing and painting. In 1921, he settled in Canada with his mother. Two years later, he joined a printing studio in Ottawa (1923-1928) and studied under George Rowels. At the same time he studied at the Ottawa Art Association and at the Ottawa Art Club.
1933 he participated in a first group exhibition in Ottawa. Since 1937, year of his first exhibition at the Picture Loan Society of Toronto, he has held a great number of solo exhibitions in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver. He travelled extensively to France, Belgium, Italy, England, Greece, Russia, Spain and Mexico. On the international scene, he participated in the various exhibitions, including the World Exhibition of New York (1939), Fine Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro (1944), UNESCO (1946), Sao Paulo Biennial (1951), in New-Delhi (1953), and at the Pavilion of Quebec, in Osaka (1970).
Working in different mediums, Henri Masson is known for his religious figures, musicians and musical settings, still life, scenes of everyday rural and urban activities. His landscapes were usually executed in a bold, semi-abstract style.
Mediums : Oil, watercolour, red pencil, ink, pastel, charcoal, casein.
Henri Masson's works are in art museums and galleries throughout the world.
Henri Masson became a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, of the Société des arts graphiques and of the Canadian Group of Painters in 1941. In 1945 he was the president of a Canadian artist's lecture, held in Ottawa. In 1955 he received a honoris causa doctorate from the Assumption College of Windsor, Ontario. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.