Berthe des Clayes
1877 - 1968
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Berthe des Clayes was born at Aberdeen, Scotland in 1877, the elder sister of Alice and Gertrude Des Clayes, also painters. She lived in London from 1906–1912 then settled in Montreal. She studied at the Herkomer School, Bushey, and at the Académie Julien, in Paris under Tony Robert-Fleury and Jules Lefebvre, but was mainly self-taught. Des Clayes traveled throughout England and France from 1919-1920, then lived in England until 1931, returning to resettle in Montreal until 1951.
A gifted artist, des Clayes was known for portraiture and Impressionist-influenced landscapes. Sheworked in oils, watercolours and pastels and won the Jessie Dow Prize twice. She illustrated two books: ‘Here and There in Montreal and the Island of Montreal’ by Charles W. Stokes, and ‘Acadia (Nova Scotia)’ published by the Dominion Atlantic Railway. One of her landscapes and two Nova Scotia harbour scenes are in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.