After studying painting in his home city, then at the Royal College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art in London, Mason moved to Paris with a scholarship in 1946 and enrolled at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-arts. He made two crucial encounters in Paris: with Giacometti in 1948 and Balthus in 1953. He found a studio on Rue Monsieur-le Prince (Rue Monsieur-le-Prince no. 2, 1992) and worked there for the rest of his life. Represented by Galerie Claude Bernard in Paris (1963–1982), the Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York (1967–1980) and the Marlborough Gallery in London and New York (from 1983 onwards), he showed frequently in his home country and in the United States. He was given a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in 1985 and another at the Musée Maillol in 2000.
11 avenue du Président Wilson
Tél : 01 53 67 40 00
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Late opening on Thursdays until 10pm (exhibitions only).
Permanent collection : free access
Metro Alma-Marceau or Iéna
RER C Pont de l'Alma
Bus 32, 42, 63, 72, 80, 92
Vélib' (self-service cycle hire) station: 2 rue Marceau