200. Pigeons Foraging_
201. Nature Morte
joined the Centre d'Art soon after it was established in 1944. His
very first show was a success that led to scholarships for studies in Mexico
City and Paris.
of Haïti's finest sophisticates, Amand has exhibited throughout the
world. A selfless promoter of Haitian art, he served as director
of the Musèe d'Art Haïtien in Port–au–Prince before his 1995
Auguste, Benito (
85. Scène rurale
nothing about this artist. I just liked the painting.
is true of several other works in my
collection. They're identified, from this point
on, as 'Nothing known: just liked it.' Often, as in this case, I liked particularly the mix of colors.
In others the subject appealed to me as illustrating something
about Haitian life especially well.
Works by Benito
Auguste have been offered by
Nader's gallery and some auction houses,
including Christie's. Even so, I have been unable to find any
Whoever he is and wherever he comes
from, Auguste fits into my 'semi–fantastiques' group. (See
29. 'Traitement vodou'
is an early Augustin and dramatically different from the artist's later
— pieces like 'Reception . . . Roi Henri Christophe.'
roi Henri was a native of the
British West Indies and a lifelong Anglophile — though he had some rôle
in the American Revolution on the colonists' side — and he himself
spelled his given name 'Henry.' In most Haitian sources, however, he's
more information about King Henry, see Chéry.)
Beginning in the mid–1970s, Augustin painted almost exclusively historical scenes,
like the one below.
They're quite accomplished — and they apparently sold well. Since the
late 1980s, however, Augustin has faded from the scene.
'Reception dans le Palais du Roi Henri Christophe'
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