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Artist from Haiti - Jacques-Enguerrand Gourgue

Jacques Enguerrand-Gourgue

(1931 - 1996) Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Gourgue was born in Port-au-Prince in June of 1931. As soon as he had completed his primary education he began painting and quickly achieved world-renown status.

Gourgue’s mother is said to have been a mambo (voodoo priestess). read more

When he was only 17 one of his canvases was exhibited at a collective exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. One of his masterpieces, the "Table Magique" remains part of their permanent collection. In 1949, at the age of 18, he won the gold medal at the exposition for the Port-au-Prince bicentennial. He painted voodoo scenes, flowers and images of rural Haitian life.

Throughout the 60's '70's and '80's his work was exhibited in prestigious shows in Europe, North America and Latin America. In the words of Nadal and Bloncourt, in their book La Peinture Haitien, "Gourgue's work reflects an anguished man's sense of the tragic."

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