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A Gallery of Haitian Art
SINCE 1974

This is Room 30A. Haitian paintings by Prefete Duffaut

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. Duffaut was an early member of the Centre d'Art, joining in 1946, and painted one of the landmark murals in the Trinity Cathedral in 1951. He is one of the few artists in Haiti to develop a style so original as to be recognizable from across the room.

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 was a sacred monster, an enduring icon of Haitian art. He passed away at the age of 89 on October 6, 2012

#PDGP2821 Prefete Duffaut
57x33.5", oil on canvas.
" Basin Bleu""
2008 $5900 unframed
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