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Painter, b. 1911 - d. 1986

Rigaud Benoit (1911–1986) had become one of the three or four most highly prized Haitian artists well before his death.

Early life: A native of Port-au-Prince, Benoit had been a shoemaker, musician, and taxi driver before making his living as a painter. He had also supplemented his income by painting pottery pieces he rarely signed or acknowledged.

Career: 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.

According to a widely repeated story, Benoit was working as Peters's chauffeur in 1944 when he saw some of the first works displayed at the Centre d'Art. He immediately decided he could do as well as any of the featured artists. Late in life Benoit denied that tale, insisting that he had merely visited the Centre out of curiosity before submitting his first works to Peters. He is featured, giving that account, in Krik? Krak! (Tales of a Nightmare), a VHS feature by Jac Avila and Vanyoska Gee (VHS, 78 minutes. Chicago: Facets Video, 1997).

However he got his start, his paintings rapidly became among the most highly sought of any Haitian artist. Then, 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, stood above the high altar. (The Catholic archbishop had — to his subsequent regret — denied permission for "mere Haitians" to decorate the Roman cathedral. The Episcopal bishop eagerly consented to the project. On seeing the result he exclaimed "Thank God!, they painted Haitians.") The cathedral and its many masterpieces was all but totally destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake.

Some of Benoit's later work was surrealistic, though he continued to produce scenes of Haitian life — narrative scenes — until his death.

Benoit married the daughter of his friend, the legendary Hector Hyppolite, the first Haitian artist to win international recognition — and still the most acclaimed — in international art circles. They had four children. Three of them — Yves Lafontant and Jacques Dorce, both adopted, and Rigaud Benoit, fils — are also accomplished artists. (Benoit fils lives in New York, his sister in Montreal.)

Benoit's work is characterized by precise draftsmanship, muted colors (compared with most Haitian artists outside the Northern or Cap-Haïtien school), and often — in his narrative paintings — a sense of humor. His surrealist paintings mostly depict voodoo scenes or deities lwas. (Haïti is, the saying goes, "80 percent Catholic and 100 percent Vodou." In the past century evangelical Protestantism has reduced both figures.)

Benoit worked slowly — usually fewer than half-a-dozen pieces a year. Following a near-fatal automobile accident early in 1980, his production declined further. He had, by that time, attained a measure of financial security: he owned a comfortable cottage on the outskirts of the Haitian capital.

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    • Benoit, Rigaud: König und Königin
      Jun. 01, 2024

      Benoit, Rigaud: König und Königin

      Est: €3,000 - €4,000

      König und Königin Öl auf Hartfaser. Um 1947. 75 x 60,5 cm. Unten rechts mit Pinsel in Schwarz signiert "Rigaud Benoit". Rigaud Benoit gehört zu den prominentesten Vertretern der haitianischen Kunstbewegung „Naive Art“, welche schon früh durch das Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince gefördert wurde. Dieses Zentrum für moderne Kunst wurde 1944 von dem amerikanischen Künstler DeWitt Peters gegründet. Heute befinden sich Werke Benoits in zahlreichen Sammlungen und bedeutenden Museen wie der National Gallery in Washington D.C. Seine Bilder erzählen Geschichten, die in seiner karibischen Heimat spielen: Hochzeiten, spielende Kinder oder ein voller Marktplatz. In unserem Fall greift Benoit einen Teil haitianischer Geschichte auf und zeigt einen König mit Königin in prunkvollem Palast vor üppigem Thron bei ihrer Krönungszeremonie. Das Paar ist mit edlen Samtgewändern bekleidet und auch die Insignien der Macht fehlen nicht: Krönungsmantel, Reichskrone, Reichsapfel, Zepter und die auffällige Kette mit achtspitzigem Kreuz. Über dem Thron im Hintergrund das Wappen Haitis mit der Flaggendrapierung vor einer Palme. Nach jahrelangen blutigen Aufständen Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts erklärte sich Haiti 1804 für unabhängig von der Kolonialherrschaft Frankreichs unter Napoleon und wurde zum ersten freien Sklavenstaat, deren Anführer Jean-Jacques Dessalines sich 1804 nach dem Vorbild Napoleons zum Kaiser Jacques I. krönte. Zwei Jahre später wurde dieser von seinem Rivalen Henri Christophe ermordet, der sich im Norden des Landes 1811 als Heinrich I. zum König ausrufen ließ, während der Süden zur Republik wurde. - Provenienz: Privatsammlung Kassel - Wir bitten darum, Zustandsberichte zu den Losen zu erfragen, da der Erhaltungszustand nur in Ausnahmefällen im Katalog angegeben ist. - Please ask for condition reports for individual lots, as the condition is usually not mentioned in the catalogue.

      Bassenge Auctions
    • Sans titre
      May. 16, 2024

      Sans titre

      Est: $6,000 - $8,000

      The Vanguard Spirit: Modern and Surrealist Masterworks from an Important Estate Rigaud Benoit 1911 - 1986 Sans titre  signed Rigaud Benoit (lower right) oil on Masonite 24 ⅛ by 20 in. 61.3 by 50.8 cm.

      Sotheby's
    • Le marriage
      Mar. 05, 2024

      Le marriage

      Est: $5,000 - $7,000

      The Vanguard Spirit: Modern and Surrealist Masterworks from an Important Estate Rigaud Benoit 1911 - 1986 Le marriage signed Rigaud Benoit and dated 21/1/58 (lower right) oil on Masonite 24⅛ by 30 in. 61.3 by 76.2 cm. Executed on 21 January 1958.

      Sotheby's
    • Sans titre (Diable)
      Mar. 05, 2024

      Sans titre (Diable)

      Est: $4,000 - $6,000

      The Vanguard Spirit: Modern and Surrealist Masterworks From an Important Estate Rigaud Benoit 1911 - 1986 Sans titre (Diable) signed Rigaud S. Benoit (lower right) oil on Masonite 32 by 23⅞ in. 81.3 by 60.6 cm. Executed circa 1970.

      Sotheby's
    • Rigaud Benoit (1911-1986) Original - "The Bull Fight"
      Dec. 03, 2023

      Rigaud Benoit (1911-1986) Original - "The Bull Fight"

      Est: $1,200 - $2,400

      Rigaud Benoit (1911-1986) Original - "The Bull Fight" Due to a Non Paying top Bidder last auction you have a second chance at this Investment Artwork. Rigaud Benoit (1911–1986) had become one of the three or four most highly prized Haitian artists well before his death. His art values since have soared. He was the son in law of Hector Hyppolite who is the most famous Haitian Artist. They started a powerhouse Haitian Art dynasty family still very regarded today. This piece is his classic Naive style showing a Bull Fight. Stunning colour and simplicity. It is signed to the bottom right corner, and dated 1968... its is ready to hang. This is international Investment Art Folks. The frame measures 81cm by 66cm

      Danielle Elizabeth Antique & Estate Auctioneers
    • Rigaud Benoit (1911-1986) Original - "The Bull Fight"
      Nov. 05, 2023

      Rigaud Benoit (1911-1986) Original - "The Bull Fight"

      Est: $1,200 - $2,400

      Rigaud Benoit (1911-1986) Original - "The Bull Fight" Rigaud Benoit (1911–1986) had become one of the three or four most highly prized Haitian artists well before his death. His art values since have soared. He was the son in law of Hector Hyppolite who is the most famous Haitian Artist. They started a powerhouse Haitian Art dynasty family still very regarded today. This piece is his classic Naive style showing a Bull Fight. Stunning colour and simplicity. It is signed to the bottom right corner, and dated 1968... its is ready to hang. This is international Investment Art Folks. The frame measures 81cm by 66cm

      Danielle Elizabeth Antique & Estate Auctioneers
    • Cérémonie sous le Mapou
      Oct. 04, 2023

      Cérémonie sous le Mapou

      Est: $7,000 - $9,000

      The Vanguard Spirit: Modern and Surrealist Masterworks from an Important Estate Rigaud Benoit 1911 - 1986 Cérémonie sous le Mapou signed Rigaud V Benoit and dated 8/5/71 (lower right) oil on Masonite 23 ¾ by 19 ⅞ in. 60.3 by 50.5 cm. Executed in 1971.

      Sotheby's
    • Sans titre
      Oct. 04, 2023

      Sans titre

      Est: $5,000 - $7,000

      The Vanguard Spirit: Modern and Surrealist Masterworks from an Important Estate Rigaud Benoit 1911 - 1986 Sans titre signed Rigaud V Benoit and dated 5/8/77 (lower center) oil on Masonite 24 by 17 ⅞ in. 61 by 45.4 cm. Executed in 1977.

      Sotheby's
    • Fils Rigaud Benoit, Haiti (20th Century), Giraffes, 1974, oil on canvas, 30" x 24", 36 1/4" x 30 3/8" (frame)
      Apr. 29, 2023

      Fils Rigaud Benoit, Haiti (20th Century), Giraffes, 1974, oil on canvas, 30" x 24", 36 1/4" x 30 3/8" (frame)

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Fils Rigaud Benoit Haiti, (20th Century) Giraffes, 1974 oil on canvas Signed and dated lower right. From Wikipedia: A native of Port-au-Prince, Benoit had been a shoemaker, musician, and taxi driver before making his living as a painter. He had also supplemented his income by painting pottery pieces he rarely signed or acknowledged. 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. According to a widely repeated story, Benoit was working as Peters's chauffeur in 1944 when he saw some of the first works displayed at the Centre d'Art. He immediately decided he could do as well as any of the featured artists. Late in life Benoit denied that tale, insisting that he had merely visited the Centre out of curiosity before submitting his first works to Peters. He is featured, giving that account, in Krik? Krak! (Tales of a Nightmare), a VHS feature by Jac Avila and Vanyoska Gee (VHS, 78 minutes. Chicago: Facets Video, 1997). However he got his start, his paintings rapidly became among the most highly sought of any Haitian artist. Then, 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, stood above the high altar. (The Catholic archbishop had — to his subsequent regret — denied permission for "mere Haitians" to decorate the Roman cathedral. The Episcopal bishop eagerly consented to the project. On seeing the result he exclaimed "Thank God!, they painted Haitians.") The cathedral and its many masterpieces was all but totally destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake. Some of Benoit's later work was surrealistic, though he continued to produce scenes of Haitian life — narrative scenes — until his death. Benoit married the daughter of his friend, the legendary Hector Hyppolite, the first Haitian artist to win international recognition — and still the most acclaimed — in international art circles. They had four children. Three of them — Yves Lafontant and Jacques Dorce, both adopted, and Rigaud Benoit, fils — are also accomplished artists. (Benoit fils lives in New York, his sister in Montreal.) Benoit's work is characterized by precise draftsmanship, muted colors (compared with most Haitian artists outside the Northern or Cap-Haïtien school), and often — in his narrative paintings — a sense of humor. His surrealist paintings mostly depict voodoo scenes or deities lwas. (Haïti is, the saying goes, "80 percent Catholic and 100 percent Vodou." In the past century evangelical Protestantism has reduced both figures.) Benoit worked slowly — usually fewer than half-a-dozen pieces a year. Following a near-fatal automobile accident early in 1980, his production declined further. He had, by that time, attained a measure of financial security: he owned a comfortable cottage on the outskirts of the Haitian capital.

      Ripley Auctions
    • Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) The Annunciation (framed 30 1/2 x 24 1/2 in)
      Nov. 17, 2022

      Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) The Annunciation (framed 30 1/2 x 24 1/2 in)

      Est: $3,000 - $5,000

      Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) The Annunciation signed and dated 'R. Benoit/21/1/58' (lower right), inscribed 'N.C. SPITZ/PURCHASED/CENTRE D'ART/1961' (on the reverse) tempera on Masonite 29 3/4 x 24 in (75.6 x 61.0 cm) framed 30 1/2 x 24 1/2 in

      Bonhams
    • RIGAUD V. BENOIT, HAITIAN 1911-1986, VILLAGE SCENE, 1955, Acrylic on board, 35 1/2 x 47 1/2 in. (90.17 x 120.65 cm.), Frame: 38 x 50 in. (96.52 x 127 cm.)
      Apr. 27, 2022

      RIGAUD V. BENOIT, HAITIAN 1911-1986, VILLAGE SCENE, 1955, Acrylic on board, 35 1/2 x 47 1/2 in. (90.17 x 120.65 cm.), Frame: 38 x 50 in. (96.52 x 127 cm.)

      Est: $8,000 - $12,000

      RIGAUD V. BENOIT HAITIAN, 1911-1986 VILLAGE SCENE, 1955 Acrylic on board Lower right signed and dated: Rigaud V. Benoit / 13/11/55

      Potomack Company
    • Two Haitian Framed Works
      Jan. 28, 2021

      Two Haitian Framed Works

      Est: $300 - $600

      Two Haitian Works: Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) "Agoue & La Sirene", Silkscreen, Signed. Framed. Size: 29'' x 21.75'', 74 x 55 cm (sight); 33.5'' x 26'', 85 x 66 cm (frame). Together with a Vintage Map of Haiti. Framed. 19'' x 24.5'', 48 x 62 cm (sight); 26'' x 31.5'', 66 x 80 cm (frame).

      Material Culture
    • Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) "Erzulie" Signed Print
      Dec. 10, 2019

      Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) "Erzulie" Signed Print

      Est: $100 - $200

      DESCRIPTION: Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911–1986) Signed Print. Depicting Erzulie Voodoo Goddess. Hand signed lower right "Rigaud Benoit". The work is accompanied by an appraisal from Myriam Nader Art Gallery. PROVENANCE: The artwork was a gift from a client's attorney colleague in 1997 who received it from the artist himself. CIRCA: 1980's ORIGIN: Haiti DIMENSIONS: 33" x26" Unframed , 38" x 31.5" with Frame. CONDITION: Great condition. See lot description for details on item condition. More detailed condition requests can be obtained via email ([email protected]) or SMS (305) 333-4134. Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Akiba Antiques shall have no responsibility for any error or omission."

      Akiba Galleries
    • Rigaud Benoit, (1911-1986 Haitian), Children playing, 1962, Oil on masonite, 24" H x 20" W
      Nov. 19, 2019

      Rigaud Benoit, (1911-1986 Haitian), Children playing, 1962, Oil on masonite, 24" H x 20" W

      Est: $4,000 - $6,000

      Rigaud Benoit (1911-1986 Haitian) Children playing, 1962 Oil on masonite Signed and dated lower right: Rigaud V. Benoit 4/11/62 24" H x 20" W

      John Moran Auctioneers
    • Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) "Nude", circa 1948
      May. 05, 2019

      Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) "Nude", circa 1948

      Est: $4,000 - $6,000

      Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) "Nude", circa 1948, oil painting on cardboard, signed. House of Heydenryk Frame. Exhibition: Milwaukee Art Museum, A Haitian Celebration: Art and Culture Milwaukee Art Museum April 24-August 13, 1992. PDC Brands, Connecticut (formerly Parfums de Coeur). Size: 24.25'' x 20.25'', 62 x 51 cm (board); 29.5'' x 25.75'', 75 x 65 cm (frame).

      Material Culture
    • Rigaud Benoit (Haitian 1911-1986), Market Vendors, oil on Masonite, 27 x 39 in (68.6 x 99 cm)
      Dec. 07, 2018

      Rigaud Benoit (Haitian 1911-1986), Market Vendors, oil on Masonite, 27 x 39 in (68.6 x 99 cm)

      Est: $2,000 - $4,000

      Rigaud Benoit (Haitian 1911-1986) Market Vendors Signed Rigaud Benoit and dated 11/3/65 l.r. Oil on Masonite 27 x 39 in (68.6 x 99 cm)Property of Various Owners

      Weschler's
    • Rigaud Benoit (Haitian) Ceremony, Self-taught/Outsider Folk Art
      Dec. 14, 2017

      Rigaud Benoit (Haitian) Ceremony, Self-taught/Outsider Folk Art

      Est: $12,000 - $14,000

      Rigaud Benoit (Haitian/Port-au-Prince, 1911-1986) Ceremony, dated 6/5/81, Oil on masonite, 24 x 32 1/2 in. Framed 32 5/8 x 40 3/4 in. House of Heydenryk Frame Provenance: Dr. Halvor and Astrid Jaeger Collection Lot Essay: A musician who made his living as a driver, Rigaud Benoit joined the Centre d'Art in 1944 (the year of its founding). Benoit's musicality is evident in the expressions of his faces. He reveals beauty in human form and plant life. As a spiritualist who married Hector Hyppolite's daughter, Benoit's scenes reference liberatory practice. A first generation artist from the Centre d'Art, his work was shown internationally early in his career starting with the 1947 UNESCO exhibition in Paris. Benoit was an incredibly detailed painter producing a select and limited body of work.

      ZQ Art & Auction
    • ƒ Rigaud Benoit (1911-1986)La sirène jetant son filet
      Oct. 19, 2017

      ƒ Rigaud Benoit (1911-1986)La sirène jetant son filet

      Est: €20,000 - €30,000

      ƒ Rigaud Benoit (1911-1986) La sirène jetant son filet Huile sur isorel 61 x 45,7 cm

      Piasa
    • RIGAUD BENOIT (1911-1986) OIL ON MASONITE OF A HATIAN RITUAL WITH A CROWD OFFERING FOOD AND MUSIC TO THE SERPENT DAMBALLA. SIGNED LOWER RIGHT. 29 1/2 X 23 1/2 INCHES.
      Oct. 07, 2016

      RIGAUD BENOIT (1911-1986) OIL ON MASONITE OF A HATIAN RITUAL WITH A CROWD OFFERING FOOD AND MUSIC TO THE SERPENT DAMBALLA. SIGNED LOWER RIGHT. 29 1/2 X 23 1/2 INCHES.

      Est: $2,000 - $4,000

      RIGAUD BENOIT (1911-1986) OIL ON MASONITE OF A HATIAN RITUAL WITH A CROWD OFFERING FOOD AND MUSIC TO THE SERPENT DAMBALLA. SIGNED LOWER RIGHT. 29 1/2 X 23 1/2 INCHES.

      Dennis Auction Service
    • BENOIT, RIGAUD V.(1911 - 1986 HAITIAN)
      Sep. 18, 2011

      BENOIT, RIGAUD V.(1911 - 1986 HAITIAN)

      Est: $1,500 - $3,000

      Oil on board. Dancing female nude in a flowering landscape. Signed, dated 61 lower right. 36 x 24."

      Braswell Galleries
    • Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) Le Mariage Manque Signed and dated "Rigaud Benoit 29/12/58" l.r. Oil on Masonite, 30 x 24 in. (76...
      Sep. 09, 2011

      Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) Le Mariage Manque Signed and dated "Rigaud Benoit 29/12/58" l.r. Oil on Masonite, 30 x 24 in. (76...

      Est: $3,000 - $5,000

      Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) Le Mariage Manque Signed and dated "Rigaud Benoit 29/12/58" l.r. Oil on Masonite, 30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61.0 cm), in an Italian 16th century-style polychrome and gilt cassetta frame. Condition: Minor abrasions along frame liner, minor losses.

      Skinner
    • Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) Nativity, c. 1950 20 x 16in (50.8 x 40.7cm)
      Nov. 09, 2010

      Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) Nativity, c. 1950 20 x 16in (50.8 x 40.7cm)

      Est: $4,000 - $6,000

      Nativity, c. 1950 signed 'Rigaud Benoit' (lower right) oil on masonite 20 x 16in (50.8 x 40.7cm)

      Bonhams
    • Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) A young girl dancing, 1960 36 x 24in (91.5 x 61cm)
      Nov. 09, 2010

      Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) A young girl dancing, 1960 36 x 24in (91.5 x 61cm)

      Est: $4,000 - $6,000

      A young girl dancing, 1960 signed and dated 'Rigaud V. Benoit / 17/2/60' (lower right) oil on masonite 36 x 24in (91.5 x 61cm)

      Bonhams
    • Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) Nativity, c. 1950 20 x 16in (50.8 x 40.7cm)
      May. 11, 2010

      Rigaud Benoit (Haitian, 1911-1986) Nativity, c. 1950 20 x 16in (50.8 x 40.7cm)

      Est: $8,000 - $12,000

      Nativity, c. 1950 signed 'Rigaud Benoit' (lower right) oil on masonite 20 x 16in (50.8 x 40.7cm)

      Bonhams
    • RIGAUD J. BENOIT Haitian (1911-1986)
      Oct. 26, 2000

      RIGAUD J. BENOIT Haitian (1911-1986)

      Est: $5,000 - $7,000

      The Tree of Life oil on masonite, 24 x 17 1/2, signed lower right and dated 2/3 '69. Provenance: Private collection, Westward, Massachusetts.

      Shannon's
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