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DAOUST, Sylvia

Born
Montréal, Quebec, 1902
Died
Montréal, Quebec, 2004
Biography synopsis
Sylvia Daoust studied at the Council of Arts & Manufactures (1915-1916) and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (1923-1930), Montreal. She also did studies in France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Belgium, Germany and England. In 1929 her bronze head “Mon grand-pere” (1928) shared the first prize with work by Elizabeth Wyn Wood at the Willingdon Arts Competition. The same year she won a Quebec government scholarship for studying in France. There, she became familiar with the work of important French and English sculptors such as Rodin, Despiau, Bourdelle, and Mestrovic, among others. She also worked with Henri Charlier, a liturgical sculptor who influenced her future work. She taught drawing, anatomy and modeling at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Quebec (1930-1943) and later she become a professor of sculpture in wood and stone at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal (1943-1968). Her work was displayed in several exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Italy and also in important retrospective shows at the Musée du Québec (1974), the Musée d'art de Saint-Laurent (1992) and the Musée des religions de Nicolet (1994). Sylvia Daoust’s murals, sculptures and monuments are located in significant places, including the l'Université de Montréal, the Montréal Botanical Gardens and the Monastery at St, Benoit de Lac. She was member of the Sculptors' Society of Canada (SSC) and she was an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy. In 1961 she won the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Medal. Her works are part of important private and public collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, Notre-Dame Basilica, the Québec Provincial Museum, IBM (Montreal) and many others. Sylvia Daoust died in Montreal in 2004 when she was 102 years old.
Media used
Medals
Mural painting and decoration
Sculpture
Education
Conseil des arts & metiers, Montreal/Council of Arts & Manufactures, 1915 - 1916 (under J.C. Franchère; John Y. Johnstone; Edmonton Dyonnet; Joseph Saint-Charles)
Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Montreal, 1922 - 1930
Memberships
Sculptors' Society of Canada, 1944
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, 1951
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec - Bibliothèque
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, QC
Artexte Information Centre, QC - Documentation Centre
Hamilton Public Library, ON - Local History and Archives Department
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
London Public Library, ON
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, QC - Media Centre
Toronto Reference Library, ON
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
Canadian Museum of Civilization Archives, QC
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
Mademoiselle Sylvia Daoust. Montreal: L'Oeil, Jan. 1941.
The Calvert Trophies, Designed for the Dominion Drama Festival. Montreal: Calvert Distillers, Ltd, 1953.
"A l'Ecole des beaux-arts." Le Devoir (Montreal) 2 Jun. 1933.
"Anciens élèves des beaux-arts réunis en une association." La Patrie (Montreal) 13 May 1929.
"Art Association Spring Exhibition Opened Last Night." Montreal Herald 17 Mar. 1933.
"Governor-General Arts Competition Results Announced." Montreal Star 4 May 1929.
"La présente exposition à l'École des Beaux-Arts." La Presse (Montreal) 24 Jun. 1928.
"Le devoir de l'heure pour nos artistes." La Presse (Montreal) 25 Mar. 1929.
"Le salon du printemps." Le Devoir (Montreal) 4 Apr. 1940: 4.
"Les Aquarelles d' A.C. Leighton." La Presse (Montreal) 4 Apr. 1936.
"Les professeurs des beaux-arts en association." Le Canada (Montreal) 25 Jun. 1928: 8.
"Les travaux des élèves de l'école des beaux art." La Presse (Montreal) 1 Jun. 1927.
"Nouveaux professeurs de dessin." La Patrie (Montreal) 11 Feb. 1928.
"Salon d'anciens aux beaux-arts." La Presse (Montreal) 27 May 1935.
"Spring Exhibition of Art Association was Opened on Thursday." Toronto Star 12 Mar. 1933.
"Une artiste Canadienne - Mademoiselle Sylvia Daoust." Rappel (Montreal) Jul. 1944.
"Une association d'anciens des beaux-arts." Le Canada (Montreal) 13 May 1929: 130.
"Work of Students Placed on View." Gazette (Montreal) 30 May 1927.
A.A. "Des cours de poterie et de céramique." Le Devoir (Montreal) 20 Sep. 1932: 8.
Benavides, Teresa. "Sylvia Daoust." La Revue Populaire Oct. 1948.
Boutilier, Alicia & Tobi Bruce. The Artist Herself : Self-portraits by Canadian Historical Women Artists / L'artiste elle-même : autoportraits de femmes artistes au Canada. Kingston, ONT.: Agnes Etherinton Art Centre. Hamilton: Art Gallery Hamilton, 2015.
Chapleau, Gaston. "L'Equipe á l'atelier de Mlle Sylvia Daoust." Le Laurentien Dec. 1945.
Cloutier, Albert. "Sylvia Daoust, Sculptor." Canadian Art 8.4 (Summer 1951).
Desjardins, Noella. "Sylvia Daoust, sculpteur." La Presse (Montreal) 17 Jun. 1967.
Ecole des beaux-arts du Quebec. Sylvia Daoust, Simone Hudon: Aquarelles, peintures, gravures, sculptures. Quebec: Ecole des beaux-arts du Quebec, ?.
Girard, Henri. "Á l'école des beaux-arts." La Revue Moderne (Jul. 1929): 13.
Hambleton, Josepine. "Canadian Women Sculptors." Dalhousie Review 29.3 (Oct. 1949): 327-37
http://art-history.concordia.ca/canada_documents/record_detail.asp?id=146&query=review.
Hill, C.C. and P.B. Landry, eds. National Gallery Catalogue, Canadian Art. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1988.
Hudon-Beaulac, Simone, et al. Sylvia Daoust. Quebec: Musee du Quebec, ?.
Keable, Jacques. Sylvia Daoust, 1902-2004 Montreal: FIDES, 2011.
Laberge, Albert. "Des affiches décoratives et de resplendissantes verrières." La Presse (Montreal) 6 Jul. 1927.
Laberge, Albert. "Exposition de tableaux et de sculptures à la maison Eaton." La Presse (Montreal) 8 May 1929.
Lasnier, Rina. "Sylvia Daoust." Carnets victoriens 11 (Jul. 1946).
MacDonald, Colin S. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009
http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/application/aac-aic/description-about.app?lang=en.
McCarthy, Pearl. "Art & Artists - Liturgical Art Renaissance Provides Spectacular Exhibit." Globe & Mail (Toronto) 26 May 1951.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Formerly Art Association of Montreal: Spring Exhibitions, 1880-1970. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988.
Musée d'art de Joliette. L'école des femmes: 50 artistes canadiennes au musée. Joliette: Musée d'art de Joliette, 2003.
Musée du Québec. "Femina:" Sylvia Daoust, A.R.C.A., Simone Dénéchaud, Suzanne Duquet, Claire Fauteux, Agnès Lefort, G. Paige Pinneo, Marion Scott. Quebec: Musée du Québec, 1947.
Musée du Québec. "Le Musée du Québec, 500 oeuvres choisies." Quebec: Musée du Québec, 1983.
Musée du Québec. Au féminin: choix d'oeuvres de la collection du Musée du Québec, 1920-1930. Québec: Musée du Québec, 1997.
Musée du Québec. Catalogue exposition "Fémina," Sylvia Daoust, A.R.C.A., Simone Dénéchaud, Suzanne Duquet, Claire Fauteux, Agnes Lefort, G. Paige Pinneo, Marion Scott. Quebec: Musée du Québec, 1947.
Musée du Quebec. Catalogue: Exposition "Fémina", Sylvia Daoust, A.R.C.A., Simone Dénéchaud, Suzanne Duquet, Claire Fauteux, Agnès Lefort, G. Paige Pinneo, Marion Scott. Québec: Musée de la Province de Québec, 1947.
Nadeau, Jean-Francois. "Une pionnière de la sculpture au Québec s'étein à l'âge de 102 ans." Le Devoir (Montreal) 27 Jul. 2004: A1.
Pepal Brandfield, Helen. "AGO, The Canadian Collection." Toronto: McGraw-Hill, 1970.
Reynald. "Beaux-arts chez Eaton." La Presse (Montreal) 18 Dec. 1935.
Reynald. "Le 50e salon du printemps." La Presse (Montreal) 17 Mar. 1933.
Reynald. "Le 56e Salon de l'Académie." La Presse (Montreal) 25 Nov. 1935.
Robert, Guy. L'Art au Québec depuis 1940. Montreal: La Presse, 1973.
Ross, Malcolm Mackenzie, ed. "Sculpture." The Arts in Canada Toronto: McMillan, 1958.
Stone, M.J. "Artist Made her Mark in Wood." Globe & Mail (Toronto) 2004.
Val, Pierre. "Au salon des beaux-arts." La Presse (Montreal) 14 Jun. 1928: 1-2.

Writings by
Daoust, Sylvia and Lise Larochelle Roy. Sylvia Daoust, sculpteure: 11 juin 1994-22 janvier 1995. Montréal: Musée des Religions, 1994.

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1930) "Spring Exhibition Has Private View."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 22, 1930.  p.3.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 17, 1932) "Art Association Has Forty-Ninth Annual Spring Exhibition."  Montreal Star  March 18, 1932.  p.7.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 17, 1932) "Art Association's Spring Exhibition Is 49th of Series. Some Five Hundred Works Greet Invited Guests at Private View."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 18, 1932.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 17, 1932) "Pictures at Art Association Have Wide Variety in Theme."  Montreal Star  March 23, 1932.  p.12.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 16, 1933) "Art Association Spring Exhibition Opened Last Night."  Herald (Montreal)  March 17, 1933.  p.?.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 16, 1933) "50th Spring Show Opened to Public. Jury Shows Open Mind. From Over 1,000 Entries, 543 Works Representative of Various Schools Have Been Selected."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 17, 1933.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 16, 1933) "Spring Exhibition of Art Association Was Opened on Thursday."  Montreal Star  March 17, 1933.  p.19.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 16, 1933) Reynald.  "Le 50e salon du printemps. L'exposition la plus nombreuse et la plus diverse jamais réunie. Lentes orientations vers le colorisme. La part des femmes. Les Canadiens-français."  La Presse  March 17, 1933.  p.8.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 1933) H. Rooney Pelletier.  "Canada's Art Exhibit Reveals New Ability. Increased Average of Mature Technique Noted at Opening."  Mail and Empire (Toronto)  November 17, 1933.  p.2.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 1933) "Many Artists from Toronto in Royal Academy Showing."  Evening Telegram (Toronto)  November 17, 1933.  p.4.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 1933) Reta W. Myers.  "In the Domain of Art. A Weekly Causerie of Interest to Art Lovers."  Publication Not Verified  November 18, 1933.  p.14.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 15, 1934) Reynald.  "Le 51e salon de printemps. Morte-saison pour les nôtres."  La Presse (Montreal)  April 20, 1934.  p.29.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 15, 1934) "Art Association Spring Show Opens. Private View Inaugurates Exhibition Containing Over Five Hundred Works."  Gazette (Montreal)  April 20, 1934.  p.17.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 15, 1934) René Chicoine.  "Le Salon du Printemps."  L'Ordre (Montreal)  April 28, 1934.  p.4.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1935) "Spring Exhibition of Art Association Opened on Thursday."  Montreal Star  March 22, 1935.  p.17.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1935) "Nearly 500 Works at Spring Exhibit. Variety in Show at Galleries of Art Association of Montreal. 1,080 Items Submitted. Judges Reveal Open Minds and 52nd Annual Contains Much to Meet Differing Tastes."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 22, 1935.  p.3.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1935) "Sculpture and Prints at the Art Gallery."  Montreal Star  April 11, 1935.  p.26.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Montreal, November 21, 1935) Reynald.  "Le 56e Salon de l'Académie. A défaut de révéler des tendances neuves, le Salon garde une allure distinguée et une belle tenue d'ensemble. Plus de "bon ton" que de vitalité. Maints portraits."  La Presse (Montreal)  November 22, 1935.  p.19.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Montreal, November 21, 1935) "The Fifty-Sixth Exhibition of the Canadian Academy."  Montreal Star  November 22, 1935.  p.13.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Montreal, November 21, 1935) "Art Gallery Scene of R.C.A. Exhibition. Paintings and Other Works from Various Canadian Points Total 444. Much Good Portraiture."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 23, 1935.  p.19.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Montreal, November 21, 1935) H. Poynter Bell.  "The Fifty-Sixth Annual Exhibition of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts."  Royal Architectural Institute of Canada  December 1935.  pp.195-198, 202.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 19, 1936) "Annual Spring Exhibition at Art Association."  Montreal Star  March 20, 1936.  p.8.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 19, 1936) "Spring Exhibition on Generous Scale. Show at Art Gallery Opened Last Night Contains 621 Items."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 20, 1936.  p.2.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 19, 1936) Reynald.  "Les aquarelles d'A.C. Leighton. Suprême hommage au Salon."  La Presse  April 04, 1936.  p.45.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 18, 1937) "Nearly 500 Works at Spring Exhibit. Art Association's 54th Annual Show Opens with Private Views. Judges Open-Minded."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 19, 1937.  p.13,17.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 18, 1937) "Royal Canadian Academy Show is Opened at Art Association. Portraiture Represented by Good Examples and Landscapes as Usual Predominate."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 19, 1937.  p.12.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, 1938) "Works in Art Exhibition Are of Unusual Merit. New Policy of Showing More Carefully Selected Pieces Followed by Association."  Montreal Star  March 18, 1938.  p.17.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, 1939) Henri Girard..  "La vie artistique. Le salon du printemps."  Le Canada (Montreal)  March 15, 1939.  p.2.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 15, 1940) "Art Association Opens 57th Spring Exhibit. Notable Feature of Display Is Unusually Large Proportion Of Portraits or Portrait Studies."  Montreal Star  March 21, 1940.  p.19.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 15, 1940) "Spring Exhibit Should Attract Crowds to Galleries at Week-End. Much Meritorious Work in 57th Annual Show Of Art Association of Montreal - Good Items Among Etchings and Drawings."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 23, 1940.  p.8.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 15, 1940) Lucien Desbiens.  "Le salon du printemps."  Le Devoir (Montreal)  April 04, 1940.  p.4.   Full-text pdf

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