Lot 838: Préfète Duffaut (Haitian, 1923-2012)
December 4, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: Préfète Duffaut (Haitian, 1923-2012), "Port Scene", 1965, oil on canvas, signed, dated and inscribed "Haïti" lower right, "E.H. & A.C. Friedreicks Co., New York" label and signed en verso, "Anco bilt/ Glendale, NY" stamp on stretcher, 24 in. x 30 in., framed. Note: Painting from his hometown of Jacmel, Haiti, Prefete Duffaut work's are characterized by the vibrant colors typical of south Haitian painters. Duffaut was an early member of the Centre d'Art, joining in 1946, and he was one of the few artists selected to paint the landmark murals in the Trinity Cathedral in 1951 (since destroyed in the earthquake of 2010). Duffaut became known for his paintings of imaginative constructions of mountains dotted with small houses and always referencing the coast. Each of his works, such as the one offered here, are filled with didactic meaning expressing the artist's moral, philosophical and religious ideals. Ref.: "Prefete Duffaut." Indigo Arts Gallery. www.indigoarts.com. Accessed Oct. 24, 2016.