Cédor, Dieudonne (1925–2010)

126. Mother and Child
c1989 (24x20)

   A cabinetmaker into his early 20s, Cédor was encouraged to paint — and was mentored at the Centre d'Art — by the great Rigaud Benoit.
   The Haitian elite has long treasured the artist's sophisticated work, and particularly his portraits. Cédor's work has the feel of watercolor — another medium in which he excels.

     Chavannes, Etienne (1939–   )

136. 'Fête Chanpêtre…'_
1988 (20x24)

   Chavannes is a Cap–Haitien painter with a unique style. He studied briefly with Philomé Obin and then, in Port–au–Prince, with Nehémy Jean. Crowd scenes are his specialty.

   Many of his works feature large trees spread across the foreground, a touch I find distracting and unappealing — and that is not present in this 'Feast of St Peter.' (I sold, for a song, a tree–obscured Chavannes I once owned and had come to dislike.)
   A Chavannes is one of the few Haitian works in Rio de Janeiro's Museu Internacional do Arte Naïf.


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