“Onè... Respè!” Art from Haiti

March 27, 2014 to September 1, 2014

The title comes from the traditional Haitian Kreyol call and response greeting. “Onè!" calls the greeter, meaning "honor!" The response is "Respè!" - "respect". The exchange captures the essence of Haitian culture.

In twenty-six years of exhibiting Haitian art in Philadelphia we have often featured what is unusual or even exotic in its art and culture. Previous shows have drawn attention to the visionary, the imaginative, and the spiritual - particularly relating to the vodou religion. Since the 2010 earthquake much of the coverage of Haiti, including ours, has stressed the suffering, the survival and above all the resilience of the Haitian people. Those remain valid facets of the Haitian culture and experience. But they are incomplete. They omit the values of honor and respect that are essential to Haitian culture.

On a recent visit to Haiti I was struck by both the damage wrought by the earthquake, much of which is still readily visible, but also by the extent to which the country is up and running, and moving on. We met artists who were happy to see visitors – our group of twenty-five museum curators, gallerists and Haitian art devotees. The ministry of tourism told us that ours was the first “non-humanitarian” group to visit Haiti since the earthquake – four years ago! It was clear that the artists were like artists everywhere - intent on doing their work, showing it and gaining the respect which is their due.

The work in this exhibit reflects a selection of the work being created in Haiti today, whether in painting, sculpture, textile arts as well as some work that falls in between. These include sculptures and mixed media paintings constructed from aluminum pots and pans, steel drum metal, wire, plastic dolls and other found materials by Jacques Eugene, Aristilde Michelet and Davidson and Kesnard Thermidor. From the warren of shacks and alleys behind the collapsed buildings of the Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince’s old shopping street, come the intense, obsessive ball-point pen drawings by Guyodo, and the fanciful, mixed-media paintings by the young artists of the Timoun Rezistans and Timoun Klere collectives. Recent drapo vodou (beaded “voodoo flags”) include intricately beaded tapestries by Roudy Azor, Jean-Baptiste Jean Joseph and Mireille Delice, as well as more traditional flags by Maxon Scylla, Yves Telemak and Georges Valris.

Current painters include Reynald Joseph, Magda Magloire, Richard Nesly, Onel, Payas as well as the venerable Gerard Fortuné. The exhibit also includes work by Haitian masters of the last fifty years, such as painters Montas Antoine, Wilmino Domond, G. E. Ducasse, Alexandre Gregoire, Gabriel Leveque, Stivenson Magloire, Dieuseul Paul, Prospere Pierre-Louis, Louisiane St. Fleurant and Pierre-Joseph Valcin.

Even as Haiti is no longer in the headlines on a daily basis its needs persist. There are many organizations doing excellent work in Haiti, working towards sustainable development as well as disaster relief. Three groups which we support whenever possible are Fonkoze, Partners in Health, and the Art Creation Foundation for Children.

For the full selection of our Haitian Art go to our Haitian Art Gallery Page.

Chair by the Door
SKU: JEG-1401

Oil on masonite (30 x 20)

c. 1970 (in wood frame).  
From private collection.

$6500
Bull Fight
SKU: MA-1101

Oil on board (22 3/4 x 32)
c.1980 (framed)

$4,500
Flowers in a Vase
SKU: JEG-1402

Oil on masonite (36 x 14), c. 1968

Purchased from Nader gallery in Port-au-Prince in 1968. To current owner by descent.
In original Haitian frame. Excellent condition.

$3800
Mother and Child
SKU: PSV-1401

Oil on canvas (24" x 16"), 1973 Framed in original frame.
Purchased in Port-au-Prince in 1973.
Ex. collection of George and Theodora Mathues.  Excellent condition, but some white paint on surface from previous frame, as shown in photos.  Custom-framed.

$ 3,800
Gervais Emmanuel Ducasse (133)
SKU: GED-1201

Oil on board (16 x 24), c. 1960's (framed)

$ 2,800
SKU: MA-1301

Oil on board (16 x 24)
c.1970 (framed)

$ 2,800
Eden
SKU: PJV-9501

Pierre-Joseph Valcin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Oil on Canvas (36 x 24), c.1994.  Framed.
From private collection.

$2800
Seaside Village
SKU: GSAB-1502

(Port-au-Prince, Haiti, b. 1922)
Oil on board (24 x 36), c.1968
Framed in original hand-carved frame. Purchased from the Centre d'Art in Port-au-Prince in 1968. To current owner by descent. Excellent condition.

$2800
Fish Market by the Sea
SKU: GSAB-1501

(Port-au-Prince, Haiti, b. 1922)
Oil on board (24 x 40), c.1968
Framed in original hand-carved frame. Purchased from the Centre d'Art in Port-au-Prince in 1968. To current owner by descent. Excellent condition.

$2800
A Manegre a Droit de la Grande Route Archaie-Saint Marc "Une Guildive"
SKU: GED-1202

A Manegre a Droit de la Grande Route Archaie-Saint Marc "Une Guildive"
G. E. Ducasse (Haiti)
Oil on board (16 x 24), c. 1960's
Framed

$2800
SKU: PPL03

Prospere Pierre-Louis (Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1947 - 1996)
Acrylic on canvas (24" x 24"), 1995
With custom framing.

$2500 Framed
White Dove and Spirits
SKU: SMG-1601

(Port-au-Prince)
Oil on board (24" x 24"), c.1985
Framed as shown.

$2400
Esprit de Trois Tetes
SKU: LEX-1601

(Port-au-Prince)
Oil on board (24" x 24"), 1988
Framed as shown.

$2400
Farmers
SKU: PJV-9507

Pierre-Joseph Valcin (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Oil on Canvas
(32 x 24), c.1994.
From private collection.

$ 1,950
Cochon Noir (Village Marketplace)
SKU: WLD-1501

(Jacmel, Haiti, b. 1925)
Oil on board (19 x 36), framed, 1970
Purchased from National Art Gallery in Port-au-Prince in 1974. From George and Theodora Mathues collection. In original Haitian frame. Excellent condition.

$4200
Product Status: 
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SKU: MD1104

Mireille Delice (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) Sequins and beads on fabric (43" x 45"), c.2010 This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

$ 3,800
Product Status: 
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Ayida Wedo (Lady of the Serpents)
SKU: MD-1102

Sequins and beads on fabric
(39 1/2" x 53"), c.2010

This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

$ 3,200
Product Status: 
Returned to Artist
Diabolo Bossou Antique Vodou Banner
SKU: VYF-9

Sequins and beads on fabric (38" x 34"), c.1980

Published in the article, "I Am Going to See Where My Oungan Is": The Artistry of a Haitian Vodou Flagmaker, by Anna Wexler, published in the collection Sacred Possessions (Rutgers University Press, 1997).

$ 1,800
Product Status: 
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Democratic Election
SKU: GF-1414

(Port-au-Prince)
Oil on canvas (30 x 40), c.1995
Custom framed.  Requires special shipping.  Estimate can be provided.

Exhibited/Illustrated in Island on Fire, by Jonathan Demme, Edwidge Danticat et. al., plate 161, page 193.

$1500 (framed)
Product Status: 
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"Seisme 12 Janvier 2010" Beaded Drapo
SKU: AZ-1406

"Seisme 12 Janvier 2010" Beaded Drapo
Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (22" x 24 1/2"),
c. 2014
This stunning secular flag was created as a memorial to the 2010 earthquake, on the occasion of it's fourth anniversary. The flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

Price on Request
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"La Sirene" Beaded Drapo Vodou (vodou flag)
SKU: AZ-1408

La Sirene Beaded Drapo Vodou (vodou flag) 
Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (19 1/2" x 23 1/2"),
c. 2013
The flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

 

$950
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In the Street
SKU: RYJ-1401

Reynald Joseph (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Oil on Canvas (30 x 16), 2013

 

$875
Product Status: 
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Baron Lakwa Vodou Flag
SKU: SJ-1601

Sylva Joseph (Bel Air, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric
(32 3/4" x 30"), c.2000
This flag is being sold by Judy Hoffman for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which she founded in Jacmel, Haiti.

$850
Product Status: 
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Papa Loko - Vodou Banner
SKU: GV-0909

Georges Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (41" x 33 1/2"), c.2009

$850
Product Status: 
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Erzulie Dantor Vodou Flag
SKU: ARMT1403

Mixed media - recycled metal, buttons, beads, wire, etc. sewn to fabric and stretched on wood frame.
(22" h. x 22" w. x 1 1/2" d.), c. 2013

$ 800
Product Status: 
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Baron Zombi Vodou Banner
SKU: MNA/D0901

Sequins and beads on fabric
(35 x 31), c.2009

$ 750
Product Status: 
ON HOLD
Marassa (Twins)
SKU: WB-0301

Wilson Bigaud (b. 1928, Port-au-Prince, d. 2010, Petit-Goave, Haiti)
Oil on canvas (10" x 8"), c. 1990, Purchased in Port-au-Prince.

$750
Product Status: 
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Children with Pineapple
SKU: JRC-1501

Jacques-Richard Chery (Cap Haitien, Haiti)
Oil on board (16 x 12), c.19
Framed in original frame. Purchased from the artist in Haiti, c.1975.  Excellent condition.

$675
Product Status: 
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Erzulie Dantor and Damballa
SKU: GV/D1309

Sequinned Banner
Sequins and beads on fabric
(34 x 25 1/2), c.2013

$ 575
Product Status: 
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"Dambalah - Haida" Beaded Drapo Vodou (Vodou flag)
SKU: AZ-1404

Dambalah - Haida Beaded Drapo Vodou (Vodou flag)
Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (25" x 15"),
c.2013
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

 

Price on request
Product Status: 
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Figures in a Boat
SKU: NAJ-1301

(Petit Goave, Haiti, b. 1939)
Wood sculpture (18 1/2" l. x 4 1/2" w. 8 1/4" h.) c. 1980's

$ 495
Product Status: 
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Two Angels
SKU: GBA-1701

Croix des Bouquets, Haiti
Recycled steel oil-drum (22"h. x 24"w.), c.1995
Purchased from the artist in 1995.

$475
Product Status: 
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Two Jaguars
SKU: TI-1402

Two Jaguars 
Titra (Jean Fatreuse Delva) (Haiti)
Acrylic on canvas (20 x 24), c. 1995

$450
Product Status: 
Sold
"Marassas" Vodou Banner
SKU: AZ-1401

Marassas Vodou Banner
Roudy Azor (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (19 1/2" x 15 1/2"),
c.2013
A rare three-headed, four-breasted interpretation of "Marassa Trois" the loa of twins and triplets. This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

Exhibited at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, New Jersey (July to December, 2016) for exhibit:  Shades of Past, Colors of Present:  Preserving Caribbean Cultural Heritage in New Jersey.

 

$425
Product Status: 
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Payas Four Spirits
SKU: PYS-0904

Oil on canvas (20" x 16"), 2002

$295
Product Status: 
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Woman with Child
SKU: JDP-1401

(Croix des Bouquets, Haiti, d. 2014)
Recycled steel oil-drum (31" h. x 9.5" w.), c.2000
Purchased from artist in 2014.

 

$275
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: FCH04

Fritzner Chery (1947-2013)
Oil on canvas (12 x 12), 2012

$ 275
Product Status: 
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Carnival Mask
SKU: hmsk-39

Ronson Benoit (Jacmel, Haiti)
Papier Maché
(18 1/4" h. x 18 3/4" w. x 6 1/2" d.)
2010

Exhibited at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, New Jersey (July to December, 2016) for exhibit:  Shades of Past, Colors of Present:  Preserving Caribbean Cultural Heritage in New Jersey.

$ 225
Product Status: 
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SKU: ARMT1401

Recycled wire, steel, mixed metals.
(15" h. x 8" w. x 3"), c. 2014

$ 225
Product Status: 
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Papier Maché Rooster #1
SKU: PMS-10

Anonymous artist (Jacmel, Haiti)
Papier Maché (19 1/2" h. x 5 1/2" w. x 21" d.)
Exact design and colors will vary.

$ 195
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Bird
SKU: ALM-1601

Almann  (Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)
Recycled steel oil-drum (17.75" h. x 14.25" w.), c.1970
From private collection.

$175
Product Status: 
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Spirit
SKU: MRO-1402

Mario Pierre-Louis (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint and rubber inner-tube on recycled wood
(13 1/2" h. x 8" w.), c. 2014

$ 150
Product Status: 
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Marassa Trois
SKU: STV1402

Steevens (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint and rubber inner-tube on recycled wood
(8 1/4" h. x 10 1/4" w.), c. 2014

$ 150
Product Status: 
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Obama
SKU: MRO-0901

Mario Pierre-Louis (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Oil on plywood (14 x 8), c. 2009

$150
Product Status: 
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Mother and Child (Erzulie)
SKU: MND-1001

Mother and Child (Erzulie)
Mondy (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on plywood (12 1/4 x 8 1/2), c. 2010

 

$150
Product Status: 
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Mr. Spoons
SKU: JEU1501

(Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)
Recycled steel oil-drum, misc. metal, etc.
(21" h. x 11" w. x 2" d.)
c.2015

$145
Product Status: 
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Pere Noel
SKU: EVN0901

Evens (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Oil on plywood (10 3/4 1/2 x 10), c. 2009

$ 140
Product Status: 
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Red Faced Figure with Wings
SKU: SNSN-1404

Red Faced Figure with Wings 
Sonson (Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint and rubber inner-tube on recycled plywood, c. 2014
(8 1/2" x 7")

 

$140
Product Status: 
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Birds in Flight
SKU: HS-REC-22

(Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)
Recycled steel oil-drum (36" h. x 14"w.)

$135
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Orange Djab
SKU: MSN-1002

Orange Djab
Monson (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint on recycled wood (13" x 8 1/2), c. 2013

$130
Product Status: 
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Red Faced Djab
SKU: SNSN-1401

Sonson (Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint and rubber inner-tube on recycled plywood
c. 2014 (7 1/2" x 6 1/2")

$ 125
Product Status: 
Sold
SKU: LLV1401

Leonce Love (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint and rubber inner-tube on recycled wood (11 3/4" h. x 6 1/2" w.), c. 2014

$ 125
Product Status: 
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SKU: HRLD-1401

Herold Pierre-Louis (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint and rubber inner-tube on recycled wood
(10 1/2" h. x 6 1/4" w.), c. 2014

$ 125
Product Status: 
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Black and Green Face
SKU: APL-1402

Black and Green Face 
Apali (Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint on recycled plywood c. 2014
(8 1/4" x 8 1/8")

 

$120
Product Status: 
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Dragonflies & Butterflies in the Flowers
SKU: hs-rnd-187

by Marckenson (Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)

Recycled steel oil-drum (23 1/2" diameter)

$110
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Mother and Daughters
SKU: hs-rnd26

Gerald Bernardo (Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)
Recycled steel oil-drum (23" diameter)

$110
Product Status: 
Sold
Red Faced Dog
SKU: SNSN-1402

Red Faced Dog
Sonson (Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint and rubber inner-tube on recycled plywood, c. 2014
(6 3/4" x 4 3/4")

 

$100
Product Status: 
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Red Faced Dog with Yellow Mask
SKU: SNSN-1403

Red Faced Dog with Yellow Mask 
Sonson (Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint and rubber inner-tube on recycled plywood, c. 2014
(6 3/4" x 4 1/2")

$100
Product Status: 
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Newsprint Papier Maché Goat Trophy Head
SKU: PMS-025

Newsprint Papier Maché Goat Trophy Head
Anonymous artist (Jacmel, Haiti)
Papier Maché (16" h. x 10 1/2" w. x 9 3/4" d.)
Exact design and colors will vary.

 

$95
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Newsprint Papier Maché Lion Trophy Head
SKU: PMS-026

Newsprint Papier Maché Lion Trophy Head
Anonymous artist (Jacmel, Haiti)
Papier Maché (14" h. x 12 1/2" w. x 6" d.)
Exact design and colors will vary.

$95
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Man of Ideas
SKU: hs-rnd356

Edward Dieudonné (Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)
Recycled steel oil-drum (21 1/2" x 21 1/2")

$95
Product Status: 
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Erzulie Freda" Vodou Bottle
SKU: btl-9

Port-au-Prince
Fabric, beads, sequins on glass bottle
(11 1/4" h. x 3 1/2" w.) c.2013

Sequins and beads on fabric (15" x 20"),
c. 2013
The flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon.

Donated to permanent collection of Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center.

 

$78
Product Status: 
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"Luba" Mask
SKU: JEU-1410

Jacques Eugene (Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)
Recycled steel oil-drum, misc. metal.
(12 1/2" x 7" x 1") c.2014

$ 58
Product Status: 
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Barbancourt Earrings
SKU: DVL1401

Dorval Lidanes (Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)
Recycled steel oil-drum w/ aluminum bottle-tops
(9 3/4" h. x 7" w. x 1" d .) c. 2014

$ 58
Product Status: 
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SKU: hs-sm48

Croix des Bouquets, Haiti

$48
Product Status: 
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SKU: DVL1404

Dorval Lidanes (Croix des Bouquets, Haiti)
Recycled steel sculpture
(12 1/2" h. x 12 1/2" w.) c. 2014

Exhibited at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, New Jersey (July to December, 2016) for exhibit:  Shades of Past, Colors of Present:  Preserving Caribbean Cultural Heritage in New Jersey.

$ 42
Product Status: 
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Milagro Heart Ornaments
SKU: orn-30a

(Haiti)
Hand-made from recycled steel drums.
(approx. 4" h. x 3 1/2" w.).  Assorted designs.

$8.50
Product Status: 
Temporarily out of stock
Exhibition by Jean Michel Basquiat and Picasso
SKU: HRLD-1702

Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Tempera paint on cardboard. 
(20" h. x 16" w.), 2017
"My story of my art:  Jean Michel Basquiat and Picasso are gathered for a small exhibition at two"

Price on Request
Product Status: 
ON HOLD
La Sirene
SKU: DTH-1401

(Port-au-Prince)
Recycled wire, steel, mixed metals, paint.
(38 3/4" h. x 18 1/2" w. x 7 1/2"), c. 2014

Price on Request
Product Status: 
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Oil on board (18 x 23 1/2), c.1955
Label on back reads: Art Lending Service of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC. No: LS 567-450 Gallery: Le Centre d'Art, Haiti Framed: Dain Schiff, Inc. NYC
Two closely related and contemporary (1955) paintings by Montas Antoine are pictured in Island on Fire: Passionate Images of Haiti from the Collection of Jonathan Demme , 1997, illus. #33, 34.
Other related early 1950's works are in the Winslow Anderson collection at the Huntington Museum of Art and the Flagg collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum.
 

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