This original, naive painting signed by the late famous master painter, Hector Hyppolite has been carefully selected by the board members of the Foundation Marie & Georges S. Nader, a private foundation which goal is to promote Haitian arts internationally. This is a beautiful naive masterpiece representing a vase full of colorful flowers. It is an oil on carton, and painted circa 1940's. It was damaged during the 2010 Haiti earthquake and beautifully restored by the Smithsonian Institute in DC.
This painting is published in " Mystical Imagination: The Art of Haitian Master, Hector Hyppolite" (Haitian Art Society). The exhibition catalog mimics a show held at Organization of American States Museum of the Americas in Washington D.C. It is also published in the books: Mystical Imagination The Art Of Haitian Master Hector Hyppolite, pp. 135, Haitian Art Society, 2012, and " Hector Hyppolite, pp. 47, Editions capri 2011, and "Peintres Haitiens" by Gerald Alexis. Illustration 195. Get the Book Now! This painting belongs to the collection of Georges S. Nader's family.
At his death in 1948, Hyppolite was recognized as Haiti’s foremost painter. By 1946, both André Breton and Wilfredo Lam were purchasing his work and hailing him as a master of naïve art.
UNESCO’s 1947 exhibition in Paris gave Hyppolite world-wide reputation. Born into a family of voodoo priests, Hyppolite did not start to paint until late in his life. During World War I, Hyppolite traveled to New York, Cuba, Dahomey and Ethiopia before returning to the city of St. Mark in 1920.
Although by trade a shoemaker, house painter, and sometimes voodoo priest, Hyppolite painted postcards for American marines visiting Haiti. His painted architectural decorations in St. Mark brought him to the attention of DeWitt Peters, founder and Director of the Centre D’Art. With DeWitt’s encouragement, Hyppolite moved to Port-au-Prince and devoted himself to painting.
Using chicken feathers and his fingers as well as brushes, Hyppolite produced a body of work of remarkable richness and complexity. His works are collected and exhibited in major museums throughout the world.
In 2008, the Government of Haiti issued a decree establishing June 2008- June 2009 as the year of Hector Hyppolite as a testimony to the impact he has had on the art world.
The Musée du Louvre in Paris held an exhibit November 5th, 2011 through February 6th, 2012. It published an accompanying book on the life and art of Hector Hyppolite, one of Haiti’s greatest artists, the patrirach of Haitian art. The proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to fund the restoration of the collection of the Musée d’Art Haitien du College St. Pierre in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
A legend in his country, Hyppolite is known for his aesthetically complex yet highly intuitive paintings. He died in 1948, at the peak of his fame, leaving a legacy that has inspired a whole school of Haitian painting.
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