215. 'Instinct Paternel»
215. 'Instinct Maternel'
in 1942, Laurenceau has lived and worked in Laval, just north of
Montreal, Quebec, since the mid–1960s. The winner of numerous prizes
— including one at the 1966 World's Fair — Laurenceau has exhibited
in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean, throughout Latin
America, and in the Far East.
Laurenceau originals now command four– to five–figure prices. These prints were obtained for next–to–nothing in a November 2000 e–bay auction.
won't pay what Laurent's paintings now
command; but I've been kicking myself for most of the past
quarter–century for not having bought others — or at least one more, a larger one — in the
1970s and early '80s,
when his work was still priced reasonably.
I have never seen a Laurent I didn't like: he was a first–class naïf with a unique two–dimensional touch.
his lifetime Lazard was among the most popular — and best–selling
— Haitian artists. He's become even more sought–after since his
death. Members of the Haitian elite, who often look down on naïfs,
are especially fond of Lazard's work.
Lazard worked at the Centre d'Art from 1945 to 1950, then studied in Paris and Mexico City. In 1956 he moved to New York City, where he lived and worked — with frequent visits to his homeland — until the mid–1980s.
He won many prizes; has been exhibited throughout the world; and is represented in most important collections of Haitian art.
Since I am partial to 'self-taughts,' works that aren't must have something special that appeals to me. I particularly like Lazard's designs and use of color,
Nothing known; just liked it.
Well … not really. I'd just bought several paintings from a Port–au–Prince gallery. I saw this one and said 'It's cute.' The owner gave it to me. (I had probably not driven an especially good bargain on the others.)
Forty years passed before I saw another work by Legros. Early in October 2014 a somewhat more accomplished piece was among 343 "Haitian Painting" items (not all paintings) on the website ETSY.
of Philomé Obin's many students,
Leonidas follows the master in his attention to detail. Of late his colors,
however, become more vivid, less 'northern.'
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