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In 1940, then curator of the National Museum of Canada (now the Canadian Museum of History) Marius Barbeau described Henri Masson (1907–1996) as a chronicler and a landscapist.. He captured everyday scenes in the working-class neighbourhoods of Hull and in the villages of the surrounding countryside, painting them again and again. Using bright colours and semi-abstract compositions, these records of daily life were irresistible to collectors and critics.

Masson was born in Spy, Belgium, and demonstrated an aptitude for drawing and painting when he was young. After his father died in 1921, he and his mother immigrated to Canada, settling in Ottawa, where he apprenticed in a metal engraving studio, a career he would follow until 1945. He began taking art courses at the Ottawa Art Association in the 1920s, and by the early 1930s he was associated with Les Confrères artistes Le Caveau, where he taught, exhibited, and met fellow artists Wilfrid Flood (1904–1946), Tom Wood (1913–1997), and later, Jean-Philippe Dallaire (1916–1965).2

Masson showed a selection of watercolours, pastels, and drawings in a group show at Le Caveau in 1933, and his early oil paintings were part of the Ontario Society of Artists exhibition in Toronto in 1936. He also continued to exhibit with Le Caveau, and held solo exhibitions in Ottawa and Montreal, developing a reputation for his landscapes and urban life studies—Spring Flood, 1937, and Street in Ottawa, 1938, are typical of his oeuvre at this time. H.S. Southam, then chair of the board of the National Gallery of Canada, was his most important patron, purchasing and donating works to galleries across the country.3 Masson’s exhibitions were the subject of effusive reviews in both English- and French-language newspapers in Ottawa throughout the 1940s. In 1944, the National Film Board of Canada produced a documentary about him.

Masson was friends with many artists in both Toronto and Montreal, and he was instrumental in introducing the Picture Loan Society concept to Ottawa, which had been initiated in Toronto by the collector and dealer Douglas Duncan in 1936 to promote the work of younger Canadian artists.4 Ottawa’s Picture Loan Society began operating as part of Contempo Studio in 1941. That same year, Masson participated in the Conference of Canadian Artists in Kingston, Ontario, from which the Federation of Canadian Artists would emerge. He became president of its short-lived Ottawa chapter in 1945.

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Farm fields
1941
Charcoal on paper
16.75 x 20.75 in
42.5 x 52.7 cms
Inscriptions
signed and dated ’41 lower left
Provenance
Private collection, Montreal
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Artwork type:
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Title:
Farm fields
Year:
1941
Medium:
Charcoal on paper
Size:
16.75 x 20.75 in
42.5 x 52.7 cms
Frame size:
29 x 31.5 in
73 x 80 cm
Signature:
Signed, front
Provenance:
Private collection, Montreal

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Artwork by / Les oeuvres de Henri Masson
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Henri Masson
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Oil on canvas
12 x 16 in
950
Port de Grave Newfoundland
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Newfoundland
Oil on board
16 x 20 in
1500
Untitled (Forest in a fall)
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Untitled
Oil on masonite
16 x 20 in
1575
Angers
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Oil on canvas
12 x 16 in
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Anse au Griffon
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Anse au Griffon
Watercolour
8.25 x 13.25 in ( sight )
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Country road
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Untitled
Watercolour
8 x 13 in
500
Freshwater
Henri Masson
Freshwater, Newfoundland
Watercolour
13 x 16 in
700
Charcoal on paper
Henri Masson
Untitled
Charcoal on paper
19 x 24 in
450
Charcoal on paper
Henri Masson
Untitled #4 (Landscape with a barn)
Charcoal on paper
19 x 24 in
450
Charcoal on paper
Henri Masson
Untitled #3 (Landscape with a rail fence)
Charcoal on paper
19 x 24 in
450
Spring fishing, Lac Beauchamp, Québec
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Spring fishing
Oil on canvas
18 x 24 in
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Musique ancienne
Henri Masson
Musique ancienne
Oil on masonite
12 x 16 in
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End of winter, Masham, Québec
Henri Masson
End of winter, Masham, Québec
Oil on masonite
10 x 12 in
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Cantley, Qué
Henri Masson
Cantley, Québec
Oil on canvas
12 x 16 in
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Fall landscape
Henri Masson
Untitled
Oil on masonite
26 x 34 in
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Untitled (Winter landscape)
Henri Masson
Untitled
Oil on canvas
18 x 24 in
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Cello concerto
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Cello concerto
Oil on masonite
12 x 10 in
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Road to village
Henri Masson
Untitled (Road to village)
Oil on masonite
10 x 12 in
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Autumn Rain, Hull
Henri Masson
Autumn Rain, Hull, Qc
Oil on canvas
10 x 12 in
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Lake in Gatineau
Henri Masson
Lake in Gatineau
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 in
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Rivière-du-Loup
Henri Masson
Rivière-du-Loup
Oil on masonite
10 x 12 in
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Cap-à-l'Aigle
Henri Masson
Cap-à-l’Aigle, Que.
Oil on canvas
18 x 24 in
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Papineauville
Henri Masson
Papineauville
Oil on canvas
12 x 16 in
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October Mont Bleu
Henri Masson
October mont bleu
Oil on masonite
12 x 16 in
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Untitled (Forest)
Henri Masson
Untitled
Oil on canvas laid down on board
16 x 20 in
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Six Girls at the Lake
Henri Masson
Untitled (Six Girls at the Lake)
Original lithograph on Lana paper
15 x 22 in
75
Untitled (Still life)
Henri Masson
Untitled (Still life)
Original lithograph on Lana paper
15 x 22 in
75
Reading
Henri Masson
Untitled (Reading)
Original lithograph on Lana paper
15 x 22 in
75
Still life with grapes
Henri Masson
Untitled (Still life with grapes)
Original lithograph on Lana paper
15 x 22 in
75
Violinist
Henri Masson
Untitled (Violinist)
Lithograph
15 x 22 in
75
L'hommage aux Plouffe
Henri Masson
From the asrtist’s portfolio “L’hommage aux Plouffe”
Paillasse, c’est un peu moi-même
Serigraph
16 x 12 in
175
Je ne veux pas que tu meures, ma chère paroisse
Henri Masson
Je ne veux pas que tu meures, ma chère paroisse
Lithograph
12 x 16 in
175
T'as ri de moi?
Henri Masson
“T’as ri de moi? Tu vas le regretter mon p’tit gars”
Serigraph
16 x 12 in
175
Lower town, Ottawa
Henri Masson
The passing scene lower town, Ottawa
Watercolour
11 x 14 in
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Fall landscape
Henri Masson
Untitled
Oil on canvas
18 x 24 in
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Untitled (Musician)
Henri Masson
Untitled (Musician)
Original lithograph in colours on Lana paper
15 x 22 in
75
Piazza del Campo, Sienna
Henri Masson
Piazza del Campo, Sienna
Mixed media on paper
13.75 x 16.5 in
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Terre Neuve
Henri Masson
Newfoundland
Oil on masonite
12 x 16 in
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Wakefield
Henri Masson
Oil on canvas
12 x 16 in
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Fougere
Henri Masson
Fougere
Oil on canvas panel
16 x 20 in
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Monks
Henri Masson
Pierre Trudeau, Marc Lalonde, Jean Marchand
Oil on masonite
20 x 16 in
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Charcoal on paper
Henri Masson
Untitled #6 (Farmland landscape)
Charcoal on paper
19 x 24 in
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Charcoal on paper
Henri Masson
Untitled #1 (Forest)
Charcoal on paper
19 x 24 in
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Charcoal on paper
Henri Masson
Untitled #5 (Street scene)
Charcoal on paper
19 x 24 in
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Charcoal on paper
Henri Masson
Untitled #2 (Village)
Charcoal on paper
19 x 24 in
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Nude
Henri Masson
Untitled (Nude)
sanguine on paper
24 x 19 in
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In the rain
Henri Masson
Untitled (In the rain)
Original lithograph in colours on Lana paper
8 x 14 in (sight); 15 x 22 in (paper)
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Le pays magique
Henri Masson
Le pays magique
Lithograph
19.75 x 26 in
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Le pays magique
Henri Masson
Le pays magique
Lithograph
16 x 20 in
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Untitled (Landscape with a farm) lithograph
Henri Masson
Untitled (Landscape with a farm)
Original lithograph on Lana paper
15 x 22 in
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Untitled (kids waiting) lithograph
Henri Masson
Untitled (Kids waiting)
Original lithograph on Lana paper
15 x 22 in
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Untitled (kids) lithograph
Henri Masson
Untitled (kids)
Original lithograph on Lana paper
15 x 22 in
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Untitled landscape lithograph
Henri Masson
Untitled (Brook and farmland)
Original lithograph on Lana paper
15 x 22 in
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Village street scene with two boys
Henri Masson
Untitled (Village street scene with two boys)
Original lithograph on Lana paper
15 x 22 in
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Road to the village Lithograph
Henri Masson
Untitled (Road to the village)
Original lithograph on Lana paper
15 x 22 in
L'hommage aux Plouffe
Henri Masson
L’hommage aux Plouffe
Lithograph
11.75 x 15.75 in
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Portrait of Two Women
Henri Masson
Untitled
Mixed media on paper
12 x 14 in
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Winter scene
Henri Masson
Untitled
Lithograph
15 x 22 in
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L'hommage aux Plouffe
Henri Masson
From the artist portfolio “L’hommage aux Plouffe”;
Ce quartier ouvrier, c’est mon âme
Serigraph
16 x 12 in
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Dans ma cuisine
Henri Masson
Dans ma cuisine, je suis l’impératrice
Serigraph
20 x 28 in
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Village street scene with a boy
Henri Masson
Untitled (Village street scene with a boy)
Lithograph
15 x 22 in
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Untitled (Hockey game)
Henri Masson
Untitled (Hockey game)
Original lithograph on Lana paper
15 x 22 in
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