Prefete Duffaut (1923-2012) 16"x12" 1960 Imaginary City Oil on Canvas #1105GN-HA
About this artist
About this artist
Préfète Duffaut (1923 2012) was a Haitian born painter from Jacmel. Duffaut was one of the master painters, alongside influential Haitian artists such as Gesner Abelard and Rigaud Benoit, Hector Hyppolite, and Castera Bazile, at the Centre d'Art. In the early 1950s, Duffaut was one of several artists invited to paint murals in the interior of the Cathedral of Sainte Trinité (destroyed mainly in the January 2010 earthquake) in Port-au-Prince; his works there were titled "The Temptation of Christ" and "The Processional Road" (also referred to as the "Procession of the Cross").
Prefete Duffaut paints in the vernacular style, and his oeuvre typically consists of fantastical "villes imaginaires" (imaginary cities), often containing coastal elements with boats. The coastal city of Jacmel strongly influences the cityscapes. Another recurrent theme, especially in earlier works, is the imagery associated with Vodou.
Duffaut's mystical and detailed work, often devoted to a pantheon of Vodou spirits, are widely exhibited and collected by many collectors and museums around the world, namely the Musee d'Art Nader and the Musee d'Art Haitien in both in Haiti, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, the Waterloo Museum of Art in Waterloo, Iowa, the New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee.
" A master of popular painting in the 1940's, Duffaut specifically depicts urban life in a fantastical style." (Peintres Haitiens by Gerald Alexis) Get the Book Now!
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