BISSON, Henri (1900-1973)

In the early 1930s, Henri Bisson studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal. A student of Laliberté, he received several honours such as First prize in life drawing and First prize in sculpture. A teacher, painter and sculptor, he produced academic paintings of still life and genre scenes that he exhibited in salons, including the Salon du Printemps. Bisson was primarily a sculptor and initially favoured working in plaster, which was less costly than bronze. In 1937, he was chosen to create the Monument aux Patriotes de Saint-Charles; he also worked on Aux Patriotes de 1837 in front of St Eustache Church – particularly the effigy of Jean-Olivier Chénier, the leader of the Patriotes.