From Belgium, Henri Masson was born in January, 1907. He immigrated to Canada in 1921 when he was only a teenager. Two years later, he managed to work in an engraving workshop, while attending classes at the Ottawa Association Club. His first participation in an art exhibition dates from 1933, presenting only engravings. His first solo exhibition of paintings was not until 1938, in Toronto. This was followed by several others in Ottawa, New York, Montreal, until 1945 when he exhibited at the Rio de Janeiro Biennale and decided to abandon his work to fully embrace the career of professional painter. Henri Masson will be a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor, of the Society for Graphic Arts and the Canadian Group of Painters (1941). Among the many honors he received, lets note the honorary doctorate of Assumption College (1955) and his nomination as an Officer of the Order of Canada (1994).
Henri Masson died in Ottawa in 1996.
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