This is a beautiful original acrylic painting signed by the late famous master painter Manes Descollines. it depicts children at play on the streets of Haiti. This piece belongs to a private collector who inherited it from a family member. Paintings by Manes are rare to find in the marketplace.
Manes was born in Petit-Tou de Nippes in 1936 in Haiti. He was a self-taught artist from the workshop of Jaime Colson, a Dominican who was the director of the Dramatic Art Society of Haiti. He started to paint under Gerard Resil, and Dieudonne Cédor, then under Luckner Lazard in 1961. He took up ceramics under Tiga and Emmanuel Joachim. He exhibited in Haiti and abroad. Collectors highly prize his scenes of Haitian life. Many of his works are about children playing in the streets. In 1975, he discovered that he was allergic to all forms of paint, a tragedy for him as an artist. Manes was anguished by that, lonely and mad. Then one day in 1985, he decided to kill himself. "A sensitive and logical style in which depth is expressed by formal design alone," says the art critic and author Gerald Alexis in his book " Peintres Haitiens".
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