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A Gallery of Haitian Art
SINCE 1974

Prefete Duffaut was born on New Year's day 1923 in Jacmel, Haiti.

He and his half-brother, Pauleus Vital, are the archetypical Jacmel painters. M. Duffaut was an early member of the Centre d'Art, joining in 1946, and was one of the handful of artists selected to paint the landmark murals in the Trinity Cathedral in 1951. The church was destroyed in the earthquake of Jan 12, 2010

He is one of the few artists in Haiti to develop a style so original as to be recognizable from across the street, but also widely counterfeited in Haiti. The "Ville Imaginaire" is actually an artistic rendering of his hometown. Jacmel is a hilly town on the southern coast. One of his paintings was in the collection of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. It was sold for $6900 by Sotheby's on April 25, 1996.

Duffaut is an enduring icon, a sacred monster of Haitian art.
He passed away on October 6, 2012 in Port-au-Prince

Prefete Duffaut. August 2010. at the Galerie Monnin. photo©Bill Bollendorf
#PDAB Prefete Duffaut
20x24" oil on canvas
" Ville Imaginaire"
1968 $4800 in wide wooden handcarved frame. (Detail below)

This painting is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Galerie Issa. It was purchased there in August 1968. The photo does not show the painting in the best light but it is guaranteed to be in perfect condition.

Frame detail of #PDAB
#PD168 Prefete Duffaut
16x12" Oil on canvas
" Ville Imaginaire"
1979 $1800 framed in painted wood
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To view Prefete Duffaut's coffin, click here

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