Prefete Duffaut (1923-2012) 30"x40" Imaginary City 1981 Oil on Canvas #1MFN
About this artist
About this artist
Préfète Duffaut was a Haitian born painter from Jacmel. Duffaut was one of the painters, alongside important 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").
Duffaut paints in the vernacular style, and his oeuvre typically consists of fantastical "imaginary cities" (villes imaginaires) that often contain coastal elements with boats. The coastal city of Jacmel strongly influences the cityscapes. Another recurrent theme, especially in earlier works, is imagery associated with Vodou.
Duffaut's mystical and detailed work, often devoted to a pantheon of Vodou spirits, is 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 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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