122. Masonic Funeral
221. 'Henry Christophe…'
was a younger brother of
Haitennes are among the very few paintings I've purchased at least
in part as investments — which is why I have three so similar works.
Some connoisseurs of Haïtian
art rank Sènêque close to his brother
in talent and achievement, as I do. Though I bought the Loges
with the idea of some day selling one or two of them, I'd have
difficulty parting with any of the three.
elder brother, Sènêque was a Baptist and an avid Freemason, which
Masonic Funeral and the three Loges.
He may have intended them as gifts to fellow Masons or as decoration in
the lodge itself. Sènêque in fact
the Loge many times. (See, for example,
These three as well as
Funeral were obtained from his son Othon, also a fine painter.
Henry Christophe Roi d'Haïti was obtained
from a couple in Montréal. They
had bought a home from the heirs to an estate; in the house were over two
dozen Haïtian paintings — all gems, many by 'old masters.'H
The sellers, having
no interest in Haïtian art, threw the
paintings in gratis. The homebuyers sold most of the works at
bargain prices; both they and I gained.
fascinating to compare Sènêque's treatment of this subject with his brother's.
Philomé's version, which I commissioned, was completed in 1980; Sènêque's is dated 'Cap
in my collection are by
Sully Obin and
130. 'Loge Haitienne No 61'
134. 'Loge Haitienne, No 61'
138. 'Loge Haitienne, No 61'