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Haitian Art Gallery

Collected by Marcus Rediker

Jacques Enguerrand Gourgue

Jacques Enguerrand Gourgue (1930-1996) was one of Haiti’s greatest artists. A prodigy at age 17, when he joined the Centre d’Art and when the New York Museum of Modern Art brought his painting “Tableau Magique” for its permanent collection, Gourgue achieved rapid worldwide fame at an early age. Said to be the son of a Haitian mother, a vodou mambo, and a French father, a psychiatrist, he painted in two basic styles, one rustic and pretend-naive (see “Zombies”), the other surrealist (see “Reclining Nude” and “Cemetery”), with a brief phase of social realism (“The Ploughman”) in-between. Gourgue split his later life between Haiti and Spain.

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