Hector Hyppolite (1894-1948) 19"x20" Vase of Flowers c1946 Oil on Carton#5-3-96GSN-Published- Fondation Marie & Georges S. Nader

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Hector Hyppolite, the late oldest Haitian master, signed this stunning naive masterpiece representing a vase full of colorful flowers. It is an oil-on carton and was painted circa the 1940s. It was damaged during the 2010 Haiti earthquake and beautifully restored by the Smithsonian Institute in DC.

This artwork has been carefully selected by the Foundation Marie & Georges S. Nader board members, a private foundation whose goal is to promote Haitian arts internationally. It is now for sale. 

The "Vase of Flowers" painting was published in the following books:

1- Mystical Imagination: The Art Of Haitian Master Hector Hyppolite, pp. 135.  

2- Hector Hyppolite, pp. 47, Editions Capri 2011

3-Peintres Haitiens by Gerald Alexis. Illustration 195, pp.173

4- Haitian Painting Art And Kitsch by Eva Pataki, pp122. 

5-Haitian Art Society, 2012. The exhibition catalog mimics a show at the Organization of American States Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C.  

6-Hector Hyppolite Création Plastique & Autofiction by Carlo A. Célouis, CEDHICA editions, France, 2023, pp 230, Figure 115.

"An unchallenged master of Haitian popular painting, Hyppolite's work is realistic, largely based on his imagination." Get the Book Peintres Haitiens Here!


About this artist

At his death in 1948, Hyppolite was recognized as Haiti’s foremost painter. By 1946, André Breton and Wilfredo Lam purchased his work. They hailed him as a master of naïve art.

UNESCO’s 1947 exhibition in Paris gave Hyppolite a worldwide reputation. Born into a family of voodoo priests, Hyppolite did not start to paint until late. Hyppolite traveled to New York, Cuba, Dahomey, and Ethiopia during World War I before returning to 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, fingers, and brushes, Hyppolite produced a 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 his impact on the art world. 

The Musée du Louvre in Paris held an exhibit from 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 patriarch 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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