From painting and sculpture to papier-mache and gorgeously embellished Vodou flags, Russell's book is a celebration of the best examples in each medium produced in Haiti in the last seven decades. The misunderstood religion of Vodou informs much of the art. Learn about the diverse history of Haitian artistic schools, including the depiction of ordinary life in the Cap-Haitien style, and the mysterious and haunting images that make Saint Soleil so appealing. This mixture of work by masters like Hector Hyppolite and younger, emerging artists demonstrates the importance of the bond between past, present, and future generations. Irreplaceable artworks, as well as hundreds of thousands of lives, were destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. In this historically important book, see how this resilient nation is rebuilding itself while thoughtfully preserving its heritage and culture through art.
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This is a collaborative effort by four artists to showcase the works of 30 to 40 Haitian artists living in America.
Unlike other art books that are written as academic studies or as show catalogs, this book is written by the artists. They selected the paintings and wrote their own histories. The paintings are truly wonderful. They encompass many different styles and exemplify the range of talent that is is called Haitian art. But the really special parts of the book are the comments by the artists that accompany their work. The warmth and poetry that they display with their brush is matched by the poetry of their words. This book is a real tribute to the contribution of the Haitian people to the world of art.
"Our Artists are extremely important to our culture both in Haiti and in America. The artists living in Haiti paint what they see, and wish for. The artists living in America paint what they remember in addition to what they long for. They paint from their heart and soul to show us the beauty, form and color of a very distinctive art form that makes us feel intense and real emotions."
Denis R. Dambreville
Architect, Art Curator
Out of print, only several copies remain
This book, by internationally renown author Gérald Alexis is an essential addition to Haitian art literature. Alexis, a specialist in Caribbean and Latino-American Art, with an emphasis on Haitian art, considers four major categories that reflect a diversity of expressions: Portrait and Historical Paintings, Nature and Daily Life, Voodoo - its’ Rhythm and Structure, and Figuration-Abstraction. He explores the links between Haitian paintings, history, artistic, and cultural traditions, including the remarkable development in the years that followed the creation of the Centre d'Art in 1944. Included in this work are artist biographies and photos and an extensive bibliography. Containing 304 Pages with more than 300 full color reproductions, it is the ultimate reference book on Haitian art.
Published in 2011 by the Musée du Louvre, this is the only book dedicated to the life and work of one of the largest Haitian painters.
Limited edition - An exceptional gift for all art lovers. The book contains an introduction by French writer JMG Le Clézio, Nobel Prize for Literature in 2008 and texts by:
- Dr. Michel-Philippe Lerebours, art historian, Vice-Chairman of the Museum of Haitian Art
- Carlo Célius, art historian, anthropologist
- Gérald Alexis, art historian
- Leslie Manigat, a historian political scientist
- LeGrace Benson, art historian
- Rudolph Boulos, vice-chairman of the Museum of Haitian Art, art collector, Senator
More than 25 photographs of the works of Hector Hyppolite and a dozen of his VEVES
To date, the sale of this book has raised $ 5,500.00 to restore the Haitian Art Museum collection of St. Peter College, damaged by the earthquake of January 2010.
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