Lise Gervais

Canadian artist, Quebec Modern Group

Lise Gervais

Born in Saint-Césaire on September 2, 1933, Quebec, Gervais received her formal training in painting and sculpture at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal under the tutelage of famous artists such as Stanley Cosgrove, Jacques de Tonnancour, Jean Simard , M. Marcotte, S. Duquette and Louis Archambault. Her European sojourn in 1958 included a visit to Spain, where she immersed herself in the works of the great artist Goya.
The artist's first exhibitions took place in various Canadian cities, including Quebec City, Montreal, Trois-Rivières, Chicoutimi, Granby, Sherbrooke and Ottawa. His first solo exhibition took place in February 1961 at Galerie Denyse Delrue in Montreal, followed by another exhibition at the same gallery and at the Moos Gallery in Toronto in 1962. In 1964, art critic Dorothy Pfeiffer praised the paintings de Gervais for their ability to evoke dimensions of space, depth, transparency, texture and movement. Pfeiffer described the colorful paintings as "exotic climbers or birds of paradise in flight, where everything moved, rose or flapped strongly, but nothing floated". The technique of the artist has been defined by a dominating “power”, both authoritative and invigorating.
During the 1960s and 1970s, Lise Gervais shared her artistic expertise by teaching in several establishments, including the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, the Université du Québec and Concordia University. His works were exhibited in prestigious establishments such as the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto in 1967. The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and the Musée Rodin in Paris, in 1970, also exhibit his work. In recognition of her artistic talent, Gervais was elected president of the Conseil des artistes-peintres du Québec in 1983-1984. His works continue to be exhibited in various collections, including those of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Queen's University (Kingston) and the Albright Knox Museum (Buffalo, USA).

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