In 1903, Jacques
Collas was born in Liège (Belgium). His father was also born in
the same city and his mother
was of Dutch origin. She often used to show him
Leeuwarden (Holland). Therefore he spent quite a part of his boyhood in Friesland
(area of Leeuwarden) where he
probably felt his first attraction to the seaside. Many of his
paintings are very much refined by this very basic sort of influence.
He attended the Liège
Athénée Royal where he finalized the classical modern school
He married very young
and became a clerck in the Town Hall services.
Collas attended drawing and painting courses and lectures in the
Beaux-Arts Academy of Liège. Some of his lecturers and professors
were Mister Poissinger and Auguste Mambour.
His spare times were
mainly devoted to friendly associations like "Les Amis de la
Nature" or groups with common feelings and interest with other
artists as Ludovic Jansen, Robert Crommelynck, Fernand Vetcour, Richard
Heintz. "Les Fagnes" and the Ardennes forests (Belgium) were often
their main and favoured landscapes as strong inspiration for their
Jacques Collas later
became involved in the Brussels business world and had to travel quite a
lot. He painted what he had missed in France, in Holland, in Italy
and in Spain.
He retired in the
country, in occidental Hainaut (Belgium), living in an old farm where he fit up
his studio. He finally was able to concentrate on his passion for
drawing and painting and produced many still-lifes and local sceneries.
He passed away in 1986.
Because of his
reserved nature, he didn't show his works like he ought have done, wich
is unfortunate because he would have had, when alive, the confirmation
of his genuine talent.