René Massé (1882-1944)
From a family originally from Bois le Roi (Seine-et-Marne), he met Philippe Smit sometime before 1910 and they attended the same schools, “L’Académie” in rue Etienne Marcel and that of Monsieur Gery-Richard in rue Montgolfier.
A strong friendship united the two men for nearly 40 years. He collected the letters he had received from the artist since January 1910 in an album and related in a diary (of which only the years 1920-1935 remain) the details of their encounters.
Married, his wife operated an embroidery workshop on rue Saint Marc in Paris, and he worked as a decorator at Boucheron until 1933.
Very admiring of the work of the artist, Massé exhibited his own creations at the Salon d’automne in 1919.1
He died on 3 June 1944.
1. N° 1310 – Une vitrine contenant: Coussin les Chrysanthèmes (broderie au passé); […] Collaboration pour l’exécution: Mme René Massé. (A showcase containing: Cushion Chrysanthemums (embroidery); […] With the assistance in the execution: Mrs. René Massé).