Prefete Duffaut (1923-2012) 40"x30" Imaginary City 1988 Oil on Canvas #2MFN
Préfète Duffaut was one of the painters, alongside prominent Haitian artists such as Gesner Abelard and Rigaud Benoit, at the Centre d'Art in the Haitian capital. In the early 1950's Duffaut was one of the several artists invited to paint murals in the interior of the Cathedral of Sainte Trinité (mostly destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake) in Port-au-Prince. His works there were titled "The Temptation of Christ" and "The Processional Road" (also referred to as the "Procession of the Cross").
Duffaut paints in the vernacular style and his oeuvre typically consists of fantastical imaginary cities that often contain coastal elements with boats. The cityscapes are strongly influenced by the coastal town of Jacmel. Another recurrent theme, especially in earlier works, is imagery associated with Voodoo.
Duffaut's work has been exhibited and collected widely outside of Haiti. His body of paintings continues to be a strong influence on contemporary Haitian artists. Among others, Jacqueline Kennedy is one of Préfète Duffaut art collectors. Duffaut passed away in 2012. (Biographical info based on Wikipedia)
"A master of popular painting in the 1940's, Duffaut specifically depicts urban life in a fantastical style." (Peintres Haitiens by Gerald Alexis) Get the Book Now!
Duffaut's mystical and detailed work, often devoted to a pantheon of Vodou spirits, are widely exhibited and collected by many collectors and museums around the world, namely the Musee d'Art Nader and the Musee d'Art Haitien in both in Haiti, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, the Waterloo Museum of Art in Waterloo, Iowa, the New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee.
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