Though Dimanche is identified as a leading sculptor in books on Haitian art, I've found no biographical information about him. The artist's monogram and the date of this work are carved into its base.
Urie during an extended stay in
Jacmel, his birthplace. He pestered me to buy one of his paintings. I didn't much care
for any of those he showed me.
95. Scène rurale
A native of
Leogane, Abner Dubic is the
most accomplished of a brother and other relatives who paint in a style similar
to his. Abner is
known for painting the tops, bottoms, and
sides of his canvasses — which are mounted on one– to two–inch
stretchers. He is a careful draftsman, a restrained
colorist, and a superb naïf.
144. Wedding Procession
Ducasse, Gervais Emmanuel (1903–84)
The full title of this work is
Sans Souci: Palais Résidence du Roi Henri Christophe vers 1815 a
Milot. Pasted to the backing of the frame are (1) a letter inviting
Ducasse to be an artist–in–residence at Russell Sage College in New York and
(2) a copy of a certificate commending him for his work there. Both are
A Port-au-Prince native, Ducasse came from a well–off family and earned a college degree — unusual for an American in the 1920s, let alone a Haitian. He worked as an agronomist for the government until 1948, when fiscal cuts eliminated his position. Painting, a hobby since childhood, then became his full–time vocation — thanks in part to the recent opening of the Centre d'Arte. Like the Obins and several other Haitian artists, Ducasse wrote the titles of his paintings at their bottoms.
Ducasse has been widely exhibited and is represented in most important collections of Haitian art.
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