Edouard Masson was a painter, pastellist and graphic designer. He was born in 1881 in the French speaking area of eastern Belgian town. His father was a glassmaker working at the nearby Val Saint Lambert crystal glass factory. In his teens he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Liege, completing his course in 1901. A year later he was awarded the Prix Donnay, an annual prize given for local artists by the Museum of Liege. He moved to Liege in 1903 and initially painted industrial views of the Liege region. Within a few years he had broadened his subject matter to include portraits, nudes, interiors, landscapes and his critically acclaimed floral compositions.
The first exhibition that exposed him to a wider audience came in 1910 when he was invited to show at the Beaux-Arts in Brussels. War was soon to follow and Masson was conscripted into the Belgian Army. Surviving the war, he moved to Paris in 1920 and for the following twenty years stayed alternately in Paris and Liege. Whilst in Paris he exhibited his work regularly at Salon de la Société Nationale de Beaux Arts where his well detailed interior scenes were particularly well received. So much so that in 1924 he was made a full member of the Société. As the second war loomed, he returned to Liege and took a teaching position at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in the town of Seraing until his death in 1950. Masson’s paintings are in the collection of the museum of Liege.