Sylvia Daoust

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Sylvia Daoust, CM,[1] CQ (24 May 1902 – July 19, 2004[1]), born in Montreal, was one of the first female sculptors in Quebec.

Life and work[edit]

Daoust graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (Montreal School of Fine Arts), but also studied in Europe. In France she studied with Henri Charlier.[2] As well as working as a professional sculptor, she taught at the École des Beaux-Arts de Québec from 1930 to 1943, then at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal from 1943 to 1968. In Quebec she held a notable exhibition with her colleague Simone Hudon-Beaulac.[2]

The majority of her works are religious in content and form. They have been described as a mixture between religious classicism and realism. Her works include the Nicolas Viel bronze adorning the façade of the Quebec Legislature (National Assembly), Mary Queen of the World at Montreal's Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, and a statue of Édouard Montpetit at the Université de Montréal.


Daoust's works are in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada and Corbet Collection of Canadian Women Artists, among others.



  1. ^ a b c "Order of Canada: Sylvia D'Aoust, C.M., C.Q., A.R.C.". Archives. Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Heller, Jules; Heller, Nancy G. (2013-12-19). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge. pp. 147–. ISBN 978-1-135-63882-5. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  3. ^ "Allied Arts Award". Awards of Excellence: Past Recipients. Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 

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