was one of the greatest of all Haitian artists. A work he did at
age 17 is in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern
Art. Following that, and for almost half a century, he produced a steady
stream of masterpieces.
commissioned Reposair — I asked for 'a vodou
scene' — through an acquaintance in Haïti. In December
1985, when I heard it was done, I
rushed to Port–au–Prince, located Gourgue's studio, and walked in
unannounced. Of the several works completed and in progress, I most
Nature Morte was acquired in 2014 from a Florida auction house -- for about a fourth of the current asking price for Gourgues of similar size.
The Garden of Eden was also obtained in an auction, this one by a house on the eastern tip of Long Island. It is the largest painting I have ever bought. (There is no enlargement of this painting.)
Months after Reposair,
early in 1986, Gourgue would do me
the great favor of negotiating with Rigaud Benoit fils and —
with much difficulty — persuading that young man that I, having paid for
painting, was legally and morally entitled to it.
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