Lot 233. Wilson Bigaud (Haitian/Port-au-Prince, 1931-2010) Trinite Vivant / Worshippers Gather At ‘Living Trinity’, c. Mid-1960’s, Painting on Masonite
A titan of Haitian art, sculptor and painter Wilson Bigaud (1931-2010) is shown in three paintings at auction, the most superb of which may be “Trinite Vivant / Worshippers Gather at ‘Living Trinity’” (lot 233). Perhaps best known for his paintings of large crowds, parades, and other gatherings, his “Self-Portrait with Shoe-Shine Man” is a good-humored departure (lot 234). Similarly, Murat Brierre (1938-1988), chiefly thought of as a metal sculptor inspired by Georges Liautaud, is represented by both a metal sculpture of loas (lot 94) and a canvas painting, “Seaside Fun” (lot 236). Six paintings by Charles Anatole commence with the oil painting “Do not take what is not yours” (lot 118), showing a person being whipped, presumably for the crime of stealing. Of the five gorgeous, prismatic paintings by Andre Saturne (1927-1983), his “Towering Still Life – Flowers” (lot 349) may be the most magnetic. Other Haitian artists in the sale include Maryse Altieri (20th c.), Antony Belizaire (20th c.), Sisson Blanchard (1929-1981), Bourmond Byron (1920-2004), Louis Gédéus (b. 1953), Jacques-Enguerrand Gourgue (1930-1996), Eugene Jean (b. 1950), Joseph-Jean Laurent (1893-1976), Andre Laurent (20th c.), Penius Leriche (b. 1940), Salnave Philippe-Auguste (b. 1908), Odilon Pierre (1933-1988), Toussaint St. Pierre (1923-1985), Pierre-Joseph Valcin (1925-2000) and Pauléus Vital (b. 1918).