Henri Leopold Masson (1907-1996) 18.5 x 24; framed size: 27.5 x 32.5 Henri Le´opold Masson, painter (b at Spy, Belgium 10 Jan 1907; d at Ottawa 9 Feb 1996). Largely self-taught, Masson combined his narrative abilities with a fluid Group of Seven style. He lived in Ottawa from 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. He painted a great variety of commonplace activities dealing with subjects that he considered to convey the essence of life.