Happy Birthday Seraphine Louis !! Primitive painter, Seraphine Louis was born in France in 1864. She came from a poor background; her father was a manual laborer and her mother was from a farming family. She was orphaned by age 7 and brought up by her sister. A hard worker, Louis held various jobs including shepherdess and housekeeper. Working in secret by candlelight, she was finally discovered in 1912 by an art collector from Germany. Separated for 15 years due to the war, he became her benefactor when they reconnected and she began painting large “naive” paintings. Unfortunately she lost his patronage when the Great Depression hit and she became psychotic, was admitted to an institution and died alone.