Lise Gervais

Le mur du son, 1962

oil on canvas
36.25x36.25 in.

signed and dated 62 lower left

Waddington & Gorce Inc., Montreal,
Private collection, Toronto
Sale of Heffel Fine Art, November 27, 2014;
Private collection

Lise Gervais was a follower of Les Automatistes, and would, for the duration of her career, remain committed to their traditions. Painting without reference to subject, frame, or form, she worked closely with Paul-Émile Borduas, painting thick, richly coloured works. Her paintings have a lyricism and lightness to them that belies their heavy-with-paint surfaces. Movement is often at play, as are ideas of weight and presence. An important teacher, she taught at École des beaux-arts de Montreal, at Université du Quebec at Montreal and at Concordia University. In 1983 and 1984, she was president of the Conseil des Artistes Peintres du Quebec. Le mur du son, or The Sound Barrier, is a dance of red, black, and yellow against pure white. Lively, almost frenetic, it is a vibrant work.


Lise Gervais studied painting at the École des beaux-arts in Montreal under Stanley Cosgrove and Jacques de Tonnancour. Her paintings are steeped in the traditions of Paul-Émile Borduas and the Automatistes.