Henri Masson

b. 1907 - d. 1996

Largely self-taught, Masson combined his narrative abilities with a fluid Group of Seven style. Born in Belgium, he moved to Ottawa in 1921 and began exhibiting nationally in 1938 and internationally in 1946. His themes reflect his belief in the unity of nature and art. Cityscapes and landscapes reveal a sense of place and time. Still lifes and paintings of monks and choirboys, musicians, children and a great variety of commonplace activities deal with subjects that he considered to convey the essence of life. Masson used a loose, vigorous brush style in many media. His best works are full of detail and movement, with a broad range of colour, and convey a sense of immediacy to the viewer.

Excerpt Courtesy of Canadian Encyclopedia