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Artists: Prosper Pierre-Louis

Prosper Pierre-Louis
Prosper Pierre-Louis was born in Jacmel, Haiti, in 1947 and died in 1997. He began painting with the "Saint Soleil" peasant commune. This school of painting was greatly admired by the famous French author Andre Malraux, and he was particularly taken with the works of Prosper Pierre Louis. He participated in various exhibitions for the Haitian Museum and the French Institute. He exhibited in Israel in 1974, at Soisson-la-Montagne Festival, France 1975, the Haitian Institute, Washington, D.C., 1993, in Hamburg, Germany, and at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. in 1994.

The voodoo flag shown here is unique - the artist is a painter, and rarely worked in this medium. The monotone painting is also very unusual and striking because Haitian painters are known for using vivid colors and rarely if ever paint in black and white. This is possibly an experiment in duplicating a monochrome vevé drawing on canvas.

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