Rigaud Benoit (1911-1986) 30"x22" Reine Soleil 1982 Black and White Artist's Proof On Paper #5/11GSN-Fondation Marie & Georges S. Nader

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This original 30"x22" artist's proof #5/11 was signed by the late famous Haitian master Rigaud Benoit (1911-1986) from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It represents a half-naked woman surrounded by flowers while holding one flower. It is on paper. Benoit's "refined, delicate style shows a preference for pastel blues." This artist's proof is in minimal quantity. Artist's proofs are signed "A/P" or "Artist's Proof" and may or may not numbered with the serial number of that portion of the edition. Traditionally, they are numbered 10% or less of the total edition.

About this artist

About the Artist:

Well before his death, Rigaud Benoit (1911–1986) had become one of the three or four most highly prized Haitian artists. Benoit had been a shoemaker, musician, and taxi driver before making his living as a painter. 

Benoit was an early member of the Haitian art movement known as Naive Art, so-called because of its members' limited formal training. The movement was first recognized and promoted by the Centre d'Art, founded in 1944 by the American Quaker and World War II conscientious objector Dewitt Peters. His paintings were immediately among the Centre's most popular. 

In the early 1950s, Benoit was one of a handful of artists asked to decorate the interior of the Cathedral of Sainte Trinité; his great mural, Nativity, stands above the high altar. Unfortunately, This cathedral was destroyed during the devastating earthquake of 2010. 

Some of Benoit's later work was surrealist, though he continued to produce scenes of Haitian life—narrative scenes—until his death. Benoit married the daughter of his friend Hector Hyppolite, the first Haitian artist to win international recognition and still the most acclaimed in international art circles. 

Benoit's work is characterized by precise draftsmanship, muted colors, and often—in his narrative paintings—a sense of humor. His surrealist paintings mostly depict voodoo scenes or deities. 

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