Lot 836: Philome Obin (Haitian, 1892-1986)
December 4, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: Philome Obin (Haitian, 1892-1986), "Une noce de paysans à Plaisance", oil on masonite, signed and inscribed "Cap-Haïtien" lower right, titled lower center, 16 in. x 20 in., framed. Note: Philome Obin was a painter and muralist working in a naive, folk-art style who depicted street scenes, Haitian history, allegorical themes, native figures and genre scenes within his large body of work. Obin is credited as largely responsible for the flowering of Haitian Art since 1945, and he is described by some critics as "the greatest of all Haitian artists."Obin tried to emulate French classicism in his draftsmanship, resulting in what the critic Selden Rodman referred to as "magical-pseudo realism." Obin's style was considerably more subtle than his contemporaries, but one that influenced all northern Haitian artists since he first became a noticed painter in the 1940s. The painting offered here is a scene of a country wedding, evidencing the artist's subtle use of color to capture the quiet dignity of his countrymen through the his own unique sense of perspective. Ref.: Rodman, Selden. Where Art is Joy Haitian Art: The First Forty Years. New York: Ruggles & LaTour, Inc., 1988.