1907 - 1996
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Henri Masson was born in Belgium in 1907, began his art studies at the age of 13 at the Athenée Royale in Brussels. In 1921 he immigrated to Canada with his mother. He joined an engraving studio in Ottawa while studying at the Ottawa Art Association and at the Ottawa Art Club.
In 1933 he participated in his first group exhibition in Ottawa. After his first solo exhibition in 1937, at the Picture Loan Society of Toronto, he held numerous other exhibitions in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver. On the international scene, he exhibited at the New York World Fair in 1939, the Rio de Janeiro Fine Arts Museum in 1944, Unesco in 1946, the São Paulo Biennial in 1951, New Delhi in 1953 and the Québec Pavilion, Osaka in 1970.
In 1941 Henri Masson became a member of the Canadian Society of Painters, the Société des Arts Graphiques and of the Canadian Group of Painters. He was President of the Confèrence des Artistes Canadiens in Ottawa in 1945. Also a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and and the Canadian Society of painers in Water Colour, he was awarded an honoris causa doctorate from the Assumption College, Windsor, Ontario, in 1955.