LISE GERVAIS

Canadian

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Lise Gervais was born in Saint-Césaire, Rouville County, Quebec in 1933, she died in anonymity on April 30, 1998 in Montreal.
She studied painting at the School of Fine Arts in Montreal, under the mentorship of Stanley Cosgrove and She was taught drawing by Jacques Tonnancour, John Smith, Gabriel Marcotte and Suzanne Duquet . Her sculptor professor was Archambault.
Lise Gervais has been successful for over 30 years, she was praised by critics for both the dazzling and sensual energy that is exerted from her paintings.
Unfortunately, Gervais suffered from mental illness which slowly destroyed her creative impulses. As time passed she began plunging with frequent periods of depression, and whe she was in her mid-80s she was diagnosed with a very rare disease, scleroderma.
Despite all the setbacks in her life, one must consider her work as a miracle.


Individual and collective exhibitions
She participated in many group exhibitions throughout Quebec and Ottawa, and had her first solo exhibition in Montreal in 1961.
In 1962, she exhibited in Toronto and again in Montreal.

The works of Lise Gervais are part of many collections; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Concordia University along with numerous private collections.

Travel
1958, she went to Europe, and when she arrived to Spain she was particularly fascinated by Goya's paintings and drawings.


Publications

Appeared in Art Global in 2010, a biography signed by journalist Jean-Louis Gauthier: '' The tragic destiny of a forgotten artist ''

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