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A Gallery of Haitian Art
This is Room 65. Haitian Art by Gerard Paul.
Gerard Paul was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on October 9, 1943. By the time he was six years old, both of his parents had died and he was raised, in meager circumstances, by his godmother. By age 14 he was apprenticed to a carpenter and then to a bricklayer but finally he became a house painter. At the end of 1963 he went to work as a houseboy at the German Embassy in Port-au-Prince. Soon after, he did his first painting and showed it to the wife of the Ambassador, Mdme. Malsy-Minsk. She loved the work and provided him with encouragement and art materials. Eventually he took his paintings to the Galerie Monnin and rapidly became a favorite of collectors worldwide. He was at the time a cheerful, positive man who became one of the most important artists of the 70’s, winning first prize in the “Masters of the Dew” painting competition in 1978.
In the early 1980's Gerard Paul moved to the United States where reportedly his talent evaporated and he eventually stopped painting altogether. If anyone knows Gerard Paul, we would love to hear about or from him. Please contact us.
|#2445 Gerard Paul
30x24" Oil on Canvas
1976 $800 Framed in wood, painted green.
|#2540 Gerard Paul
24x24" Oil on Masonite
c. 1982 $2400 framed in wood, blue. SALE $2000
LOST IN TRANSIT NOVEMBER 11-14, 2008, click for details
* Of interest about this painting is that it was done in the early 80's, well before the departure of Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986. It shows a group of peasants disarming a policeman. Particularly powerful are the massive boots worn by the peyizan on the right. Being found with a piece like this in your house would have gotten you in a lot of trouble in those days. Not too legible in this photo is the sign on the small hut in the lower center of the painting. It says" Police".